DA expects to upgrade Empire man’s murder charge
by James Phillips
Feb 16, 2012 | 7174 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Robert Earl Miller
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An Empire man being held in the Walker County Jail for murder may see that charge upgraded as early as today.

Robert Earl Miller, 31, of Empire was arrested and charged with murder Tuesday night after he allegedly killed an Argo woman earlier that day. Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair said he expects Miller’s charge to be upgraded to capital murder.

“We should be upgrading the charge on Thursday,” Adair said. “We believe evidence will show that this murder was committed during the course of another felony, which is the reason the charge will be upgraded.”

The murder victim has been identified as 37-year-old Laquetta Black of the Argo community, Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe said Tuesday afternoon.

Black’s body was found at a home on Hill Road in Empire. Investigators believe she was attacked by Miller at a residence in Argo and then carried to Empire, Adair said. The district attorney also confirmed Black had been shot and stabbed.

Miller fled into the woods and elluded police for several hours Tuesday night before being 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.

The murder was the second homicide in Walker County in four days. The body of 26-year-old Brandon Reid of Cordova was found near his home Saturday morning. No arrests have been made in that case, but Cordova Police Chief Kenneth Bobo said Tuesday a person of interest had been identified.

Adair said the two murders have stretched the resources of local law enforcement.

“We are making sure both of these cases are investigated thoroughly,” Adair said. “The Walker County Sheriff’s Office and my office as well as the Sumiton and Cordova police departments have worked nonstop on these cases this week.”