No bond for suspect in Maple Hill triple homicide
PENDER COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - A man wanted in connection with the murders of a pregnant woman and her boyfriend in the Maple Hill area last year has been taken into custody.
According to the Pender County Sheriff’s Office, Michael Legage Miller, Jr., 28, was arrested with assistance from the Jacksonville Police Department early Thursday morning.
A PCSO Facebook post states that Miller has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of murder of an unborn child.
Miller made his first court appearance on the charges Thursday morning and was visibly weeping, telling the judge he was innocent of the crimes. The judge ordered that Miller be held without bond.
Sheriff Alan Cutler made a brief statement to members of the media following Miller’s court appearance, where he thanked numerous law enforcement agencies for helping the Pender County Sheriff’s Office investigate the case and thanked the public for providing information the led to Miller’s arrest.
Cutler declined to take questions after his statement, saying that additional details will be released.
“This obviously occupies a high-priority when you’re talking about the murder of three individuals under the law, and we’re going to see what we can do to make sure that this is appropriately tried in a courtroom one day,” said District Attorney Ben David. “We’d like to thank the community for already heeding our request to report what they might know and remind them that an arrest is the start of the investigation, it’s not the end, and if there’s anyone who thinks they might have information on this case, please still come forward and report that.”
Leaders at the clerk of court’s office confirm the case files, like the arrest warrants, have been sealed. The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about the case is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 910-259-1212.
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