Suspect Convicted of Killing Two Officers

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Everett Miller stands with his attorneys during his trial before Circuit Judge Greg Tynan at the Osceola County Courthouse, on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. (Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda / Orlando Sentinel)

Alexis Incandela, Reporter

On September 11, 2019, 45-year old Everett Glenn Miller, a former Marine with a mental health history, was convicted of killing two police officers in Kissimmee, Florida. On August 18th, 2017, Officer Matthew Baxter, 26, and  Sgt. Richard “Sam Howard, 36, were shot to death by Miller while they were attempting to break up a group consuming alcohol on a public street corner. Although the motive is unclear, Miller posted articles relating to the Klu Klux Klan and Neo-Nazi demonstrations in Virginia and posted threats to law enforcement through social media in the days prior to the shooting.

Miller was apprehended and charged with first degree murder. His trial began on Monday, September 9th, 2019, at the Osceola County Courthouse. By Wednesday, the trial was completed and after just a few hours, the jury found Miller guilty of first-degree murder. The penalty phase of his trial is set for November, during which the jury will decide whether to impose a sentence of life in prison or death.  

Both officers were well respected, and had spouses and children. The officer’s murders sparked shock and outrage in the community. Numerous memorials and fundraisers were held to honor the officers and give assistance to their families. “My husband didn’t get to see our youngest take her first steps. Just because it’s been two years doesn’t mean the struggle for us is any less,” said Sadia Baxter, wife of the late Officer Matthew Baxter.