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Confessed Killer Denied Visitation With Daughter

Posted February 15, 2007

— Ann Miller Kontz, who admitted to fatally poisoning her husband six years ago, cannot see the couple's daughter while in prison, a judge ruled Thursday.

AIDS researcher Eric Miller was killed in December 2000 after ingesting arsenic. Kontz pleaded guilty five years later to killing him and is now serving a 25-year prison sentence.

Verus and Doris Miller, Eric Miller's parents, asked a judge to block all visitation between Kontz and her 7-year-old daughter, Clare Miller. The Millers also requested that they be given custody of the child, who now lives in Wilmington with Kontz' sister and brother-in-law, Dan and Danielle Wilson.

District Judge Phyllis Gorham last April accepted an agreement to place Clare in the custody of the Wilsons and grant the Millers secondary custody. The Millers frequently travel from their Indiana home to visit their granddaughter in North Carolina.

Gorham ruled Thursday that Kontz should have no visitation rights with Clare, although she said the Wilsons could ask the courts in the future to reverse her decision.

It will be up to the Wilsons, as legal guardians, to decide if Clare can call or write her mother, Gorham ruled. Although they won't have veto power, the Miller family will be informed of any contact Clare has with her mother, the judge said.

Under the ruling, the Miller family also will get 18 days with Clare in the summer, three days after Christmas and three weekends a year with her in North Carolina.

Robert Ponton, an attorney for the Millers, said they were thrilled to obtain court-ordered visitation rights with their granddaughter. They also have the right to talk to her on the phone every Sunday night, he said.

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  • Rocknhorse Feb 16, 2007

    dcooper, you have me there! I was thinking more of the daughter and her grandparents! No matter what the home life was like, there is no excuse for taking another's life unless it's in self-defense, which this was not! She deserves the chair!

  • Educate NC Feb 16, 2007

    It's not fair....

  • Roach Feb 16, 2007


    Actually, I think Ann Miller Kontz wins. She slowly poisoned, murdered, her husband and she is still breathing.
    It doesn't seem quite fair does it?

  • ProudArmyWife Feb 16, 2007

    I'm following you Ginger I just think that gymtcheese by his/her comment obviously misunderstood yours just wanted to make sure I was following you. Thanks for the clarification.

  • Rocknhorse Feb 16, 2007

    This is a story that has no winners. I do not know much about the details of this story (whether there was abuse). I hope and pray that this little girl is able to grow up and receive the help she will need to learn to grow beyond her parents!

  • 3potato4 Feb 16, 2007

    Actually, proudarmywife, my question was really a statement because I know the answer already. The race card is played whenever someone has nothing else to go on. It's a non-issue in the disguise of one. Example, the NAACP upon hearing the Duke Lacrosse players charges were very quick to go to Duke for a protest march but where are they when the dancers story is blown out of the water? Nowhere to be found. Shhhh...they don't want to talk about that anymore.

  • ProudArmyWife Feb 16, 2007

    Ginger I think your comment was misunderstood or is being misinterpreted would you mind to further explain your comment please. Thank you!

  • gvmtcheese Feb 16, 2007

    Do not expect anyone to comment on that Ginger, It is obvious to me that the same ones who cry "racism" and "she did not get the death penalty because she is white", are the same ones who will NEVER take responsibility for their actions. ALL racists and bigots know how to do is blame, and take pot shots at the responsible ones in this world. The gambit is on both sides of this fence now and it will get worse.

  • nanny Feb 16, 2007

    I have been through an abuse case with my granddaughter recently
    at the hands of a "so-called" mother-do not victimize his
    family again-the child should have no contact with the mother
    ever until she is old enough to decide for her own well being.
    May God Bless the Miller Family and Claire-giving birth does not make one a mother. Our justice system is lacking in many
    ways. Isn't that right Becky Holt?

  • ProudArmyWife Feb 16, 2007

    Well said gingerleigh225 I will never understand that sentence. Wish I'd been on the jury. I just pray the man who killed his wife earlier this week and left behind his two young children gets more than 7 YEARS!!!