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Jury Continues Deliberation in Capital Murder Case

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

In April of 2004, 18-year-old Alicia Peters was stabbed six times, after an altercation gone awry.

She was treated at an area hospital and released, but died from complications days later.

Earlier she wouldn't press charges for the man investigators say is responsible, 26-year- old Leslie Miller.

From testimony, it’s said he'd gone to a house on Herring Street, got into an argument with some folks there, grabbed a knife, and was beat down.

But later came back for revenge with a butcher knife, and that's where the story unfolds.

Miller was then charged with capital murder and burglary.

"The victims mother has a medical condition, she has a pace-maker, so this trial is making her very upset," says Victims of Crime and Leniency Director Shelly Linderman.

She's been with Peter's family during the entire ordeal.

Both the state and defense rested their cases. The defense attorneys Shawn McGee and Thomas Smith say even though Miller isn't innocent of stabbing Peters, he's not guilty of capital murder and burglary either.

They based those statements off of Miller saying he'd accidentally stabbed Peters, while trying to get her off of him.

They say he didn't burglarize the home because he walked right in. However, District Attorney Doug Valeska countered those beliefs. He called Miller a psychopath, who, had nothing against Peters per se, she just gotten in his way.

Now the jurors must make a decision. Is Leslie Miller guilty of capital murder and burglary? Or lesser charges, like felony murder, murder, or manslaughter?

After deliberating about 30 minutes, the jurors had questions surrounding the possible charges; however, Judge Jerry White said the late hour wouldn't allow time to answer the questions. The trial will reconvene Thursday morning where a decision is expected to be made.


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