FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Monday, July 28, 2014
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South Dakota Supreme Court Upholds Miller Conviction in Death of Infant Son
PIERRE, S.D – Attorney General Marty Jackley announced today the South Dakota Supreme Court in a unanimous decision has upheld the murder conviction of Chris Allen Miller. Miller was sentenced to life in prison for the 2011 murder of his 4 month-old son Jacob.
“Miller inflicted severe physical abuse that led to his son’s death. While these tragic events cannot be undone, justice has been served and Miller will not harm another child,” said Jackley.
Miller argued that the circuit court erred by denying his motion for judgment of acquittal, coercing a jury verdict and allowing the testimony of a jail house informant. The Court rejected all of Miller's arguments, finding sufficient evidence to sustain the jury's verdict based on numerous physicians who testified that Jacob’s injuries were non-accidental in nature and a result from shaking and blows.