A Miami Correctional Facility inmate is considered the lone suspect in the death of former Center resident Charles Miller at the prison Sunday, Indiana State Police Detective Mike Tarrh said Wednesday.
Miller, 62, was strangled in his cell, which he shared with another inmate, Tarrh said. He was found dead about 6:40 p.m. Sunday.
Investigators said Miller’s autopsy was completed Tuesday, with the results held until Wednesday.
Tarrh declined to offer additional detail on the circumstances surrounding Miller’s death, but said he expects an inmate will be charged in connection with the death either later this week or early next week.
“We won’t release the details until we’ve completed the investigation and we’ve given it to the [Miami County] prosecutor,” Tarrh said.
Miller pleaded guilty to attempted murder in connection with a July 15, 2010, shooting rampage in Center, which left a 22-year-old man seriously wounded.
Police said Miller opened fire with a rifle as he sat inside his home, pumping bullets into nearby houses and striking a van carrying a mother and two children. The mother and children were not harmed.
Joshua Glyn, a delivery driver for a medical supplies company, was dropping off an oxygen tank at a home across the street from Miller’s residence when Miller decided to begin shooting. Glyn was struck three times. Glyn survived.
At least one mental health expert felt Miller was likely insane when he committed the crime, but Miller was later deemed competent to stand trial, and eventually agreed to a plea deal.
Tarrh also wouldn’t comment on Miller’s cell mate, saying he couldn’t say whether or not the cell mate was the lone suspect. Tarrh said Miller was housed “in a normal unit” at the prison, and said Miller had not been involved in any incidents at the prison while incarcerated there.
• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org