User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : 78 Year Old Church Deacon Arrested In 1981 Murder
Posted by Randy on 2014/4/22 4:11:07 (480 reads) News by the same author

DALLAS (AP) -- A disabled 78-year-old church deacon living quietly in East Texas was arrested Monday by federal agents who said he committed a murder 33 years ago and 1,300 miles away.
Click to see original Image in a new window

Authorities say Joseph Lewis Miller fled Pennsylvania after shooting a man in a parking lot outside a hotel in 1981. He was charged with murder and three other felonies, but the case remained unsolved for three decades until investigators translated a previous tip that Miller had been living in Mexico under an alias - the name of a deceased cousin.

The U.S. Marshals Service in Harrisburg, Pa., traced that name to rural Mineola, Texas, a town of 4,500 people. Miller confessed to the shooting shortly after his arrest, authorities said.

People in Mineola knew Miller as Roy Eubanks, a former employee of the local paper plant who was collecting disability checks and walked with a cane. He married at least twice in Texas, most recently in 2010. His wife told The Associated Press on Monday that he had said he killed someone in "the accident that happened" many years ago.

According to U.S. Marshals, Miller was charged in the 1981 death of Thomas Waller in Harrisburg, Pa. The Patriot-News reported that Waller was found inside his car with a gunshot wound to his head. That was the second time Miller was accused of murder. He pleaded guilty in 1959 to killing a Harrisburg man and was given life in prison - a sentence commuted in 1971 by former Pennsylvania Gov. Raymond P. Shafer.

A spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Board of Pardons said the agency could not immediately produce the records related to Miller's 1971 commutation Monday.

It remains unclear how Miller got from Pennsylvania to Texas, or why he chose the town of Mineola, about 85 miles east of Dallas.

His wife, Gennell Eubanks, said in a phone interview that her husband said he was trying to help his brother during a fight in the 1981 killing.

"He said it was an accident and he didn't mean to do that," she said. "He was trying to help his brother."

The man she knows as Roy Eubanks has arthritis, a Pacemaker and walks with a cane, she said. She has never spoken to his relatives, some of whom she believes live in Pennsylvania, and said he hadn't seen them since he fled.

"They didn't want him to come back," she said. "They told him to leave."

Mineola residents said Miller had lived there likely since the 1980s. City administrator David Stevenson said Miller served on a handful of town boards and commissions and came to him for advice on obtaining a reverse mortgage.

"He always wanted to be active in the community ... always wanting to help," Stevenson said. "I don't know anything bad or negative about him."

He also was a deacon at a local Baptist church, the U.S. Marshals said.

Linda Smith, manager at the wood treatment plant where Miller worked, said she remembered him going on disability after an accident at the plant in the 1980s. Smith described him as "a nice, friendly gentleman."

Miller did not have a state criminal record under either his name or his believed alias, and Wood County Sheriff Jim Brown said he did not know of any prior arrests.

He was being held in the Wood County Jail pending court proceedings that would lead to his return to Pennsylvania.

Miller's relatives could not be immediately located, nor could Waller's family.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/8/31 7:26:11 - Accident North Of Carrollton Injures Teen
2015/8/31 6:21:23 - Public Invited To "Meet And Greet" First Responders September 11
2015/8/31 5:37:36 - Unemployment Rate Rises In Grundy County
2015/8/31 4:51:34 - New Law Requires Children To Be Vaccinated Before They Can Enter Daycare Or Preschool
2015/8/31 4:19:42 - Mother Pleads Guilty In Toddler's Drowning Death
2015/8/31 4:14:19 - Beef Genomic Value To Be Shown At Thompson Farm September 15
2015/8/31 4:04:14 - Man's First Drive In His New Truck Ends In Flames
2015/8/31 4:00:47 - Carthage Couple Arrested In Death Of 2-Year-Old Girl
2015/8/31 3:55:54 - Man Sentenced To 35 Years For Getting 11-Year-Old Pregnant
2015/8/28 17:19:39 - Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper Killed Audrain County Accident
2015/8/28 4:26:43 - Harrison County Man Arrested For Child Pornography
2015/8/28 4:14:50 - Opponents Of Missouri Hog Farm Win Court Ruling
2015/8/28 4:09:36 - Police Escort Fills In For Dad On First Day Of Kindergarten
2015/8/28 4:04:09 - Northeast Missouri Suspect Badly Hurt After Police Shooting
2015/8/28 4:00:11 - New Missouri Court Fines, Sex Ed Laws Set To Take Effect Today
2015/8/28 3:54:40 - Police Say Woman Found Getting High On Canned Air At Walmart
2015/8/27 14:18:52 - Milan Wildcat Coaches Shows For Thursday, 8/27/15
2015/8/27 13:50:00 - Trenton Lady Bulldogs Win Home Opener At Riverside CC
2015/8/27 12:10:32 - Trenton Tennis Beats Carrollton, 7-2
2015/8/27 11:59:59 - Lawson Sweeps Trenton In Tuesday Volleyball
2015/8/27 10:41:46 - Brookfield Downs Trenton In Head-To-Head Golf Duel
2015/8/27 8:40:00 - Grundy County Circuit Court News
2015/8/27 6:40:00 - Freightliner Truck Swerves To Avoid School Bus
2015/8/27 6:25:13 - Trenton Hy-Vee Honors Joel McCully With Legendary Customer Service Award
2015/8/27 4:14:05 - Suspect Charged In Naked Home Invasion In Maryville
2015/8/27 4:09:17 - Missouri Couple Accused Of Multistate Sex Trafficking
2015/8/27 4:03:09 - Missouri Man Convicted Of Raping 13-Year-Old Dies In Prison
2015/8/27 3:58:37 - More Than Two Dozen Arrests Made At Independence Motels
2015/8/27 3:54:33 - Burger King To McDonald's: Lets Make A McWhopper
2015/8/27 3:50:03 - Two Children Removed From Rat Infested, Feces Filled Home



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM