The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

March 29, 2012

Miller found guilty of first degree murder

Osceola — Jurors found Michael Jamey Miller guilty of first degree murder Thursday morning.

Miller was convicted in the death of his wife, Teresa Louise Miller, in the couple's home south of Knoxville on Jan. 7, 2011. The case was heard in Osceola after the defense requested a change of venue.

Miller is the second person convicted in the killing. The defense successfully argued the jury pool in Monroe County was not able to supply a neutral jury following the earlier conviction of Terry Tobias Cobbins in the case.

Prosecutors said Miller conspired with Cobbins, paying him to kill his wife. Prosecutors relied heavily on phone calls between the two men around the time of the murder, as well as a map showing the route to Miller's home, in establishing their case.

First degree murder is a Class A felony in Iowa and carries an automatic life sentence.

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