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Miller Murder Trial

It's been almost two years since 22-year-old Willie Cross Junior was found dead in the trunk of a car. Now, a Tallahassee man is on trial for his alleged involvement in the murder.

It was a packed house in the Leon County courtroom where 26-year-old Clyde Miller is being tried for first degree murder and robbery. Opening statements took the jury back in time to April 12 2001, when cross went missing.

Willie Cross Senior says he sent his son out for groceries, and never heard from him again. It wasn't until four or five days later when the 22-year-old's body was found stuffed in the trunk of his father's Cadillac.

Police say Willie Cross III, who friends called Porkchop, was killed during a drug deal.

Now the states attorney's office wants justice, as it prosecutes 26-year-old Clyde Miller for first degree murder and robbery.

Wade says Miller confessed to police he stole cross's clothes, money and jewelry. But he says his younger brother John Miller is to blame for Cross's death. Police arrested both brothers in April of 2002, but charges against John were dropped for undisclosed reasons.

Now, Clyde's attorney is fighting for his innocence, saying Clyde has lied from the start and his confessions don't match up with the evidence.

The prosecution was hoping to get through its long list of witnesses Tuesday, but will likely continue Wednesday. Then it’s the defense’s turn.

Both sides are hoping to wrap things up by Wednesday, the trial begins at 8:30 a.m. and they believe it will go to the jury before lunch.


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