This case is bazaar.
Still no murder charge for Miller
By JO ANN BOBBY-GILBERTfirstname.lastname@example.org
TORONTO - A man suspected of killing his father appeared in court Tuesday afternoon on theft charges and was bound over to the grand jury.
Travis Miller, 27, has not been charged in the death of his 56-year-old father, Shelby F. Miller of East Liverpool but is the prime suspect, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla.
A preliminary hearing was held Tuesday in District Court No. 1 Tuesday and Miller was bound over the Jefferson County Grand Jury on auto theft and credit card theft charges, according to Assistant County Prosecutor Mike Calabria.
He said the Grand Jury generally convenes the first Wednesday of each month.
Meanwhile, the investigation of his father's death continues.
The elder Miller's body was found along Yellow Creek in Saline Township Sept. 24 after his daughter reported him missing to East Liverpool police. She told police her brother advised he and their father were en route to North Carolina.
After her brother sent a photo of himself holding a fish to her cell phone, a search began of their father's favorite fishing holes, leading to discovery of his body.
He had been shot once in the back of the head with a small-caliber gun which has not yet been found, despite an extensive search of the area, including the creek waters.
Travis Miller was located in Tennessee, along with his father's truck, and was charged with the two theft offenses before being returned to Ohio.
County Prosecutor Tom Straus is waiting for the results of lab analysis before deciding whether additional charges will be filed against Miller, who remains in county jail under $250,000 bond.