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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  • by manila Location: clayhole(speaking from all of us in the community on Oct 20, 2008 at 11:23 PM
    only god can judge us all and the 2 parent made a mistake it now lets just say for example a doctor or any one sitting high up in the community would have got a slap on the wrist or none of us would have ever heard about it that is the truth and all of you out there know this is true they have punished enough the death of there baby i and everyone in the surrounding areas speake for karen and robert they took care of there kids and how do i know this well on a more insight level its just a bad situation all the way around and just fot the record for all of goodie goodies i would have hung the jury if i would have been sitting on it why i know these 2 people and YES it was a honest mistake
  • by JoAnn Location: haddix on Oct 15, 2008 at 06:53 AM
    Send this couple to prison so they can bne with their buddies.
  • by Joan Location: Watts on Oct 15, 2008 at 05:47 AM
    A long prison sentence will dry this bunch out.
  • by Rose Location: OH on Oct 15, 2008 at 03:18 AM
    Of course they didn't mean to kill that innonce baby by forgetting the pill was on the chair! The dope heads,no more than all the women and men who forget they have had a baby in the car and leave it there for 8 or 9 hours! I hope they rot in a jail cell!!! This is an innoncent human being,they didn't deserve an Angel!! Can they take enough pills to make them forget what they have done? Get a rope and hang them up from a tall tree.

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