Man charged with murder in brother's fatal stabbing
July 6, 2013 at 11 p.m.
A Gregg County man was held Saturday under a murder charge almost two weeks after deputies descended on his home where his brother had been fatally stabbed.
Sheriff Maxey Cerliano confirmed Saturday that Jeffrey Allen Miller, 28, of McQueen Road off FM 1252, has been charged in the June 24 death of his brother.
Jeremy Dewayne Miller, 27, died in a Longview hospital around 3 a.m. that morning. He had been brought there from a recreational vehicle on McQueen Road with a stab wound to his abdomen.
Investigators said at the time they had identified a person of interest in their probe but declined to identify that person.
"That was the person of interest," the sheriff said Saturday. "And we were able to develop sufficient probable cause to obtain and arrest warrant."
Jeffrey Miller's booking sheet indicates he was arrested on June 28 a couple of blocks from the home.
In addition to the murder charge contained in a warrant from the 124th District Court, the elder Miller faces charges listed in grand jury indictments accusing him of forging a financial instrument and fraudulent use or possession of identification.
Bonds on the murder charge is $500,000. Bonds on the other two charges are $40,000 each.
Online county records show Miller being indicted on those two charges on June 27 and arrested the next day.
He was arraigned on the murder charge Saturday morning by Justice of the Peace B.H. Jameson.
Jeffrey Miller was charged in February 2012 with aggravated assault of a family member, a previous News-Journal account shows. He was accused then of slashing his brother's face twice with a steak knife.
Jeffrey Miller also was held then on a state warrant accusing him of breaking conditions of parole from prison on a previous conviction. Gregg County online records indicate he was released then into Safe P, a six-month, in-prison program for substance abuse.
He pleaded guilty to the assault charge on May 3, 2012, and was sentenced by Court at Law No. 1 Judge Becky Simpson to 270 days in the county jail, the county website also shows.
According to newspaper accounts from June, deputies found Jeremy Miller stabbed in the stomach when they responded at 2 a.m. on June 24 to the McQueen Road recreational vehicle. The home is north of the Liberty City Highway (FM 1252) between Texas 42 and Texas 135.