Monday, April 13, 2009

Homicide in Martinsville, Virginia

Martinsville, Virginia, USA - Over the weekend, the Roanoke Times reported that James Cleveland Miller, 41, was charged with first degree murder after admitting he killed his mother-in-law early on Saturday morning. Pamela Carmille Hall, 59, who was quadriplegic as a result of motor vehicle accident a decade ago, was found dead in her bed from several stab wound to her chest. According to the report:

“He [Miller] was on the scene and readily surrendered to the first arriving officers,” [Franklin County Sheriff Ewell] Hunt said. “He admitted he committed a murder to both the dispatcher and the arriving officers.”

No one else was in the home at the time, Hunt said. He said he could not comment on a motive because the case is still under investigation.

He did say Hall was a quadriplegic and that Miller’s wife was her caregiver.

Hall lived in a doublewide trailer with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, said Gordon Metz, their landlord.

Hall was being held without bond at the Western Virginia Regional Jail and is scheduled for arraignment at 8:30 a.m. Monday in Franklin County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.

See also this report in the Martinsville Daily.