State Supreme Court Could Rule on Attorney-Client Privilege In Eric Miller Murder
Posted May 2, 2003
RALEIGH, N.C. — A high-profile murder case has become personal for its lead investigator.
Researcher Eric Miller died of arsenic poisoning 2½ years ago. His case has not been solved. Miller's friends and family are keeping his name alive in hopes of finding justice.
"I've said many times we'll do whatever it takes," said Lt. Chris Morgan of the Raleigh Police Department.
Morgan said he takes every one of his cases personally.
Miller's murder investigation quickly turned to his wife, Ann Miller. Police learned Ann Miller had a relationship with co-worker Derril Willard, who later killed himself. No one has been charged in Miller's murder.
Miller's friends and family have been consistently writing letters to state and local leaders.
"These are people who watched him grow up, who knew him intimately,"
Morgan said the letters are personal and emotional. One letter said, in part, "Eric was a sensitive, generous young man who always made his family and friends the top priority. His smile could light up a room."
Miller's loved ones want justice -- and that could come on Friday. That is when the North Carolina Supreme Court could rule whether Rick Gammon, Willard's attorney, must violate the long-standing rule of attorney-client privilege.
"In the interest of justice, the information should be available to law enforcement because that may be a giant leap forward in our search for the truth," Morgan said.
For Morgan and Miller's loved ones, time will never run out in their quest for justice.
Miller would have turned 33 in April.