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Sanford man, son argued before shooting

Posted June 21, 2010

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— A Sanford man accused of killing his son can be heard arguing with him in 911 recordings released Monday.

Neil Miller, 71, called 911 Friday at 11:30 p.m. to report someone walking around his house at 4613 Carbonton Road. By the time authorities arrived, his son, Ricky Dean Miller, lay dead in the yard.

In the 911 call, Neil Miller accuses his son of being drunk. The two exchange threats, and Neil Miller tells the dispatcher his son has broken the door.

Neil Miller later told authorities that he felt his life was in danger, so he got a shotgun and fired through a hole in the door.

Investigators said that Ricky Miller was shot once in the chest and pronounced dead at the scene. He was not armed.

Neil Miller told investigators his son had come to live with him after being released from a Virginia prison five months ago. The father said that he told his son to leave the house a week ago and didn't see him again until Friday night.

Investigators took Neil Miller into custody and released him after questioning.

No charges have been filed, but authorities said the investigation was ongoing.
 

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  • kmcook4 Jun 30, 2010

    First of all....Wildcat you obviously have no reading skills because in many of your comments I see that you are stating "facts" that are not even a part of the story nor even the truth in the matter. Mr.Miller has not given, as you said, "Many excuses" on why he shot him....he gave !....learn to read. The only thing he said was he feared for his lif. (Your 1st lie) 2nd Lie......you said what a shame he did not call the law....he did call the law. He was on the phone with them when he accidentally shot his son. 3rd Mistake......you said that him having a gun handy didnt help......he lives in the country of sanford.....EVERY1 has a gun. Its called "HUNTERS." You have absolutley no idea what you are talking about. You do not know this man or the cirumstances and, apparently, you cannot read an article. So here is a suggestion for you......gett of your couch, go back to elementary school, learn to read, then get come back and try to tell people your opinion on a 71 year old man who was f

  • codyjones94 Jun 22, 2010

    wildcat do you have nothing better to do than sit around (when you should be at work) and talk about old men who you dont know and you couldn't have read the full article, because the first line of the article states he is 71! YOU MUST HAVE A COLLGE DEGREE IN SOME AREA LAW TO BE ABLE TO SPOT A MURDER LIKE THAT YOU ONLY WATCHED THE NEWS YOU DONT KNOW THAT THE SON NORMALY HAD A WEAPON ON HIM AND YOU CAN'T HAVE KIDS BECAUSE NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO YOU STILL LOVE THEM AND HELP THEM IF YOU CAN! AND HOPE THEY TURN IT AROUND THATS WHAT THIS MAN DID AND IN TURN HIS SON TRYED TO MURDER ( YOUR FAVORITE WORD) HIM SO HE SAVED HIM SELF WHAT WOULD YOU HAVE DONE LETS TAKE THE WHOLE SON FACTOR OUT IF SOMEONE TRYING TO BRAKE INTO YOUR HOME SAYING THEY WERE GOING TO KILL YOU WHAT WOULD YOU DO? AND YOU PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIKE GUNS THE 2ND ADMENDMENT STATES WE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS AND GUNS MAY TAKE A LIFE BUT THEY SAVE LIVES AS WELL PEOPLE SEEM TO FORGET THAT LIKE IN THIS CASE A POOR OLD MAN WHO

  • wildcat Jun 22, 2010

    wildcat, do you even read the stories or do you just read parts of the stories?

    Yes I do read the stories word for word and clearly. The man shot through the door and knew exactly what he was doing regardless of age. It was MURDER!

  • wildcat Jun 22, 2010

    Were you there wildcat?

    Of course. You was not, so someone had to be there to witness all of this. Right?

  • wildcat Jun 22, 2010

    deadhead_1971 wildcat sez: "The father shot through the door. That would be murder."

    I still maintain it was murder. You can take up for this father all you want. Lets see what the court eventually decide. It is not in your hands. MURDER IS MURDER.

  • bru333 Jun 21, 2010

    This is not a clear case of "murder" as some have said.

    I'm sure the investigation is ongoing to determine if the circumstances meet the NC Statutes for use of deadly force.

    North Carolina's Use of deadly physical force against an intruder is as follows:.

    (a) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence is justified in using any degree of force that the occupant reasonably believes is necessary, including deadly force, against an intruder to prevent a forcible entry into the home or residence or to terminate the intruder's unlawful entry (i) if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant or others in the home or residence, or (ii) if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder intends to commit a felony in the home or residence.

    (b) A lawful occupant within a home or other place of residence does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder in the circumstances described in this section.

  • The Deadhead Jun 21, 2010

    wildcat sez: "The father shot through the door. That would be murder."

    In fact it's the exact opposite. It's justified!

    North Carolina Statutory Law: N.C.G.S. 14-51.1

    "A lawful occupant within his/her home or residence does not have a duty to retreat from an intruder in the following circumstances: A lawful occupant of a home or residence is justified in using any degree of force the occupant reasonably believes is necessary, including deadly force, against an intruder to prevent a forcible entry into the home or residence or to terminate the intruder’s unlawful entry: a) if the occupant reasonably apprehends that the intruder may kill or inflict serious bodily harm to the occupant or others in the home or residence, or b) if the occupant reasonably believes that the intruder intends to commit a felony in the home or residence."

  • itsmyownopinion Jun 21, 2010

    Is somebody obsessive and bi-polar? No, I'm not joking, and it's not the father or son.

  • gpcatgirl Jun 21, 2010

    I don't blame that old man for what he done he was 71 years old and there is no way he could have defended his self against his son. If his son had respect for his father he wouldn't have came there drinking and showing his self. I say he got what he deserved and anybody else would do what they had to do to protect theirself as well. And wildcat you are a joke!!!!

  • momeeee Jun 21, 2010

    Ummm... The son just got out of prison (must have been a nice guy) was gone on a week long drunk and wants to come back home. Kicked in his father's door and y'all are crying murder??? The father should be thankful he is still alive - the son would have killed him in a minute!

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