Alleged Casper Murderer Claims Mental Illness
by Liz Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org
The man who allegedly shot and killed his wife on March 27th pleaded not guilty by reason of mental illness Friday afternoon during his initial district court appearance. Thomas Miller is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of his wife Natalie outside their home in Casper.
Miller was facing the death penalty, but at his arraignment prosecutors said they would be seeking life in prison without parole.
Miller, who held his head low in court and spoke softly, cried when Judge Wilking read the first degree murder charge.
On March 27th, police received a 911 phone call from Natalie Miller who said her husband was going to shoot her. Minutes later when police arrived, she was found dead on a neighbor's property. Investigators say she was shot four times.
Thomas Miller allegedly told authorities he was at Galloway's Irish Pub for several hours before going home. He claims he remembers everything before arriving home and nothing until police showed up at his house. The defense argued in Miller's previous court appearance, he could have blacked out from drinking.
Miller will now have to undergo a mental evaluation that could take up to 90 days.
Thomas Miller in a Casper courtroom in March