Alabama Man Who Killed Three People Said It Was A ‘Big Mistake’

Alabama Man Who Killed Three People Said It Was A ‘Big Mistake’
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A man who killed three people and sexually assaulted another said what he did was a “big mistake.”


The incident, William P. Miller said, began when he hit a deer, consumed drugs and tried to find a road kill. Miller’s bail has been set for $4.6 million by Wayne County Justice Court Judge Charles Chapman.

Miller had been driving to the home of Lloyd and Sonya Taylor around midnight Monday when he hit a deer. He consumed drugs – methamphetamine and oxycodone – at the home, after which he along with Lloyd and Jamie Gardner drove off around dawn in a GMC Terrain SUV.

According to Yahoo News, it is believed that Miller fatally shot Lloyd and Gardner near the Alabama-Mississippi border around sunrise. He then drove back to the home and killed Sonya. Wayne County sheriff’s investigator Jamey Beard said Miller sexually assaulted a woman who was witness to Sonya’s death. Miller allegedly forced the witness to take him to a dirt pit, where he set the vehicle on fire. The bodies of Lloyd and Gardner were inside the car.

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Miller subsequently drove the witness to a relative’s home, where he released her. By this time, a son had discovered Sonya dead at the home. The witness’ relatives called the police and told them where to find Miller. When deputies arrived at the scene, he drove away, with the deputies in pursuit. Miller drove till a wooded area of Wayne County, located more than 20 miles northwest of the home of the Taylors, where he abandoned the car.

It has been established that Miller knew the Taylors well enough to be let in, Beard said. The group had consumed drugs together.

Miller has been charged with three counts of murder, two counts of sexual battery, felony malicious mischief, arson and illegal possession of a firearm by a felon, according to ABC News.