Second Suspect Arrested in Retired Soldier's Death
Posted February 3, 2008 6:57 a.m. EST
Updated February 4, 2008 1:05 p.m. EST
Fayetteville, N.C. — A second man wanted in the slaying of a retired soldier surrendered to deputies early Sunday.
Steven Core Blanks, 22, of Green Meadow Court, faces first-degree murder charges in the death of Charles Anderson "Sonny" Miller, 69, of 5818 Holland Street, on Thursday, Jan. 31.
Investigators believe that Blanks and Francis Geraldo Burgos, 22, shot Miller multiple times during a home invasion just before 2 a.m. Detectives said robbery was the motive.
Cumberland County sheriff's deputies arrested Burgos, of 1605 Diplomat Drive, on Friday and announced a search for Blanks, whom they called armed and dangerous.
In addition to first-degree murder charges, Blanks and Burgos were charged with one count each of first-degree burglary, conspiracy and attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon. Both suspects were being held without bond in the Cumberland County Detention Center.
Miller earned his stripes in Special Forces as a Green Beret and served in Vietnam, his relatives said. He owned Miller's Plumbing and left behind three sons and a daughter.
Miller's niece, Glenda Williams, described her uncle as a kind-hearted man. Immediately after his death, his neighbors spoke well of Miller and expressed shock at his violent death.
"He was always kind to people," said a neighbor who identified himself only as John. "I've heard from all the neighbors already. Everybody is just up in arms about this."
"I wouldn't have any idea why anyone would want to hurt him. He never gave anybody any problems. He always tried to help people," said another neighbor, John Davis.
"He was better than a brother to me," neighbor Charlie Dennison said.