Who was Lucky Miller?
Lucky Miller was the Mannford Police Chief who was allegedly murdered by former Oklahoma police officer Michael Patrick Nealey while they attended a law enforcement conference in Pensacola, Florida, in 2019, CNN reports. Officer Nealey has been charged with the death.
— Ethan Hutchins (@ehutchinsnews) March 31, 2021
Court records indicate that Nealey’s sentencing is scheduled for April 29.
How old was Lucky Miller?
Lucky Miller was 44 years old at the time of death.
Chief Lucky Miller Death
In November of 2019, Chief Miller was found dead at a Florida hotel on Pensacola Beach, where he and Officer Nealey had been attending a law enforcement conference. Escambia County Sheriff’s deputies say they’d responded to a call about a fight at the hotel where Nealey and Miller were staying for the conference.
During Nealey’s trial, prosecutors said that the medical examiner determined Miller was beaten and strangled or suffocated to death, WEAR reported.
Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller
Arrest documents say deputies found Miller lying on the floor of the hotel room, unresponsive with no pulse and that Nealey was also lying on the ground nearby. The documents go on to reveal that Miller’s face was beaten and his right eye was completely swollen
However, there were no other apparent injuries to his body.
A day later, deputies reportedly arrested Nealey on a complaint of second-degree murder.
Lucky Miller Trial
Throughout Nealey’s trial, prosecutors argued that extreme levels of intoxication were involved that night, and a forensic toxicologist testified that both men had blood alcohol concentration levels about four times the legal limit to drive, the affiliate reported.
During the trial’s closing arguments, prosecutor Trey Myers pointed to the facts of the case, saying, “Only two people were in that room. One of them is dead and one of them is on trial.” According to CNN, Nealey did not take the stand in his defense.
NEALEY TRIAL: Michael Nealey will NOT take the stand to testify. He is charged with 2nd deg. murder in connection to the death of his boss Lucky Miller, a former police chief in Oklahoma, in 2019. The two were in town for a law enforcement conference on #Pensacola Beach @weartv pic.twitter.com/Gbcy1rNUk6
— Renee Beninate (@reneebeninate) March 31, 2021
The trial began Monday with jury selection and lasted a day and a half before the jury returned a guilty verdict.
According to CNN, Miller had been serving as chief of police since 2007; he was a husband and the father of three children.