Empire man indicted for capital murder
by James Phillips
Sep 24, 2012 | 4303 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Robert Earl Miller
Robert Earl Miller
An Empire man is facing capital murder charges after allegedly murdering his girlfriend on Valentine’s Day.

Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair announced Friday that Robert Earl Miller, 32, was indicted by a Walker County grand jury in July.

Miller was arrested and charged with murder on Feb. 14. Adair said the charge was upgraded to capital murder by the grand jury, because it was a murder committed in conjunction with another felony — kidnapping.

The murder victim was 37-year-old Laquetta Black of the Argo community. Black’s body was found at a home on Hill Road in Empire on Feb. 14. At the time of the murder, law enforcement officials told the Daily Mountain Eagle that they believed she was attacked by Miller at a residence in Argo and then carried to Empire. Black was shot and stabbed during the course of the murder.

Miller fled into the woods and elluded police for several hours before he was located by sheriff’s office deputies and officers from the Sumiton Police Department on Hull Road, several miles away from where the body was found. Police recovered money and a gun from Miller at the time of his arrest.

Adair said Miller has a history of violent crimes, and he could face the death penalty if convicted. Miller is currently being held in the Walker County Jail.