Second Murder Trial For Couple Is Underway

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

A murder trial is underway for a Breathitt County couple charged in the 2007 death of their baby boy.

Robert and Karen Miller were on trial back in April, but a new trial date was set after the jury was not able to agree on a verdict.

Opening statements and testimony began Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys agree Robert and Karen Miller did not intentionally harm their baby Braxton.

Detective Gary Sandlin was the first to testify about what the Millers told him had happened before Braxton died.

“When they cleaned the couch out they found a pill and they laid that pill on the table and when they turned around to put movies up and turned back around, the pill was gone,” Detective Gary Sandlin said.

Police say the couple later told them Robert Miller had laid the pill on a rocking chair after they had shared another methadone pill.

A nurse testified Karen Miller told her she saw Braxton swallow the methadone pill.

Karen Millers attorney argues the Millers frantically searched the room for the missing pill.

Robert Miller's attorney says the Millers had ruled out the possibility that Braxton might have swallowed the pill.

The Millers found Braxton cold and unresponsive hours later.

He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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