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Raleigh Police Continue Following Leads In Miller Case

Posted June 22, 2004

— The Raleigh Police Department is working on new leads in the arsenic poisoning death of local AIDS researcher Eric Miller.

A little more than three weeks ago, investigators received new information they hoped would crack the case. But they still have not made an arrest.

Investigators told WRAL not to judge the value of the information by the pace of the investigation.

There is no doubting Raleigh police Lt. Chris Morgan's passion for a conviction in the Miller case. Most people have pictures of their family in their office. Morgan has pictures of Miller, as well as other murder victims.

"We all have certain things in life that we're passionate about," Morgan said. "I don't make a secret about seeking justice for victims -- Eric Miller and all the other ones."

About three weeks ago, attorney Rick Gammon told the district attorney what he was told about a third party's role in Miller's murder. Morgan said investigators will not rush to make an arrest.

"We're talking about a murder investigation," Morgan said. "We're talking about multiple lives that can be affected by this case."

Gammon represented Derril Willard, who investigators believed was having an affair with the victim's wife, Ann Miller. Willard killed himself.

Investigators will not reveal who Willard mentioned as that third party. But some people suspect it is Ann Miller.

"You have to look at the information," Morgan said. "You have to totally analyze it. From there, sometimes you go in different directions."

If there is an arrest in this case, chances are it will come through a grand-jury indictment. The proceedings in the grand-jury room are secret, but the outcomes are not.

Gammon said that, if called to testify, he would comply.

"I would have to appear pursuant to a subpoena," Gammon said. "But the only thing I would have to reveal is paragraph 12 of the affidavit, which is what I've given (DA Colon) Willoughby. I do not plan to answer questions in front of the grand jury."

The Wake County grand jury meets every two weeks to hear cases and decide indictments. The next scheduled meeting is July 12.

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