Idaho grandfather pleads guilty guilty of strangling to death woman in 1992 after DNA evidence of another cold case murder led to his arrest
- Lee Miller, 54, pleaded guilty to the murder of Marilyn Hickey in 1992 on Friday
- Hickey was rubbed to death in her apartment in Bremerton, Washington in 1992
- Police accused Miller that the Hickey murder occurred after he was arrested in 1994 for a separate cold-case murder in Idaho
- Miller is expected to be guilty of murdering Cheryle Barratt of Boise in 1994
- Police in Boise and Bremerton found appropriate DNA in both crime scenes
- They learned that Miller was connected to both victims, so they extracted his DNA from a cigarette butt and discovered that it matched
Lee Miller, 54, pleaded guilty on Friday to murder Marilyn Hickey, a former friend, in Bremerton, Washington in 1992
A Boise man pleads guilty of a murder in Washington State in 1992 based on evidence he found in another cold case in Idaho in 1994.
Lee Miller, 54, pleaded guilty on Friday to murdering Marilyn Hickey, a former friend, in Bremerton, Washington in 1992.
Authorities used DNA evidence that was first discovered during an investigation into another murder.
Miller is the suspect in the murder of Cheryle Barratt in 1994, according to the Boise Police Department.
Hickey was found terrified in her apartment in Bremerton after she left a local bar with a man who agreed with Miller's description, KOMO-TV said.
She was also found with scissors in her chest. Researchers thought she was stabbed post-mortem according to Idaho statesman.
Investigators could not find enough evidence to track down a suspect in the case that was cold.
But investigators were given a break in 2006, when unknown DNA found at the site of the murder of another woman, Cheryle Barratt of Boise, corresponded to the unknown DNA from the Hickey murder scene.
The police departments of Boise and Bremerton began to compare notes.
The Bremerton researchers were named Lee Miller, which was written on a slip of paper found in Hickey & # 39; s wallet.
The Boise police also had the same name.
& # 39; At that time he was not a suspect in one of our cases & # 39 ;, said Det. Martin Garland from Bremerton Police.
& # 39; But since he was the only person in both files, we identified him as the person responsible. & # 39;
To be able to arrest, investigators had to confirm that it was Miller's DNA that was found in both places on the crime.
So they managed to get a cigarette butt that was used by Miller. After sending the flask to the lab, the DNA matched.
Miller is expected to plead guilty to the murder of Idaho. As part of a deal with prosecutors, he will serve his sentence in the prison system in Idaho so that he can be close to his family.