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Ann Miller's Attorney Reacts To Latest Info In Case

Posted May 28, 2004

— While police have never officially called Ann Miller a suspect in the death of her former husband, Eric Miller, she has been at the center of the case -- a case that has been stalled for years. Now with new information released on Thursday, her attorney is speaking out about his client.

Joe Cheshire, Ann Miller's attorney, said it is time to talk because there has been so much publicity about the case and his client. He said she is trying hard to be a good mother and new wife, even as a cloud of suspicion hangs over her.

"I do not expect Ann to be arrested or for anything to happen over the Memorial Day weekend," he said.

Beyond that, Cheshire said he does not know what will happen. Cheshire said he has warned her she could be arrested for the arsenic poisoning of her first husband, Eric.

"We've told her she has to think about it," Cheshire said. "She's a realist. She understands what's happened."

Cheshire said he does not know if Ann Miller is even a suspect. Police have never said she is, but then again, investigators have not ignored her either. Her attorney said she is relying on her Christian faith and new husband to help her through these uncertain times.

"She has very strong faith and belief in herself. She believes the truth will come out and she will be alright," Cheshire said.

Police hope the truth is contained in information handed over by Richard Gammon, the attorney who represented Deril Willard. Police believe Willard had an affair with Ann Miller and took his own life after police searched his home.

Eric Miller's father hopes what Willard told his lawyer will help detectives.

"It's been three and a half years, a long, painful three and a half years, but we can wait a little longer," said Verus Miller, Eric's father.

When asked whether Ann Miller hopes the information will solve her husband's murder, Cheshire said, "I can't answer for Ann. I won't answer for Ann. I know Ann is extremely sad over the death of her husband."

Even if the new information leads to an arrest, Cheshire said he has serious doubts whether the information would be admissible in court.

Raleigh police Lt. Chris Morgan, the lead investigator in the case, was supposed to retire Friday, but now he said he will likely stick around just a little bit longer.

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