Everett Glenn Miller should be executed for killing two Kissimmee, Florida police officers, a jury unanimously recommended Wednesday.
The 12-member jury deliberated for five-and-a-half hours at the Osceola County Courthouse before deciding the Marine Corps veteran should be sentenced to death for fatally shooting Sgt. Richard "Sam" Howard, 36, and Officer Matthew Baxter, 26.
Military colleagues told jurors Everett Glenn Miller was the "epitome of a Marine" before he shot and killed two Kissimmee, Florida police officers in 2017.
"Miller was probably one of the finest Marines I've ever served with," retired U.S. Navy Capt. Thomas Leech, Miller's commanding officer, testified Thursday. "He wore the uniform impeccably. He was on time to everything. He respected everyone. He treated everyone fairly."
Three colleagues testified they were shocked when Miller made posts on social media months before the killings that railed against the government, police and white people — something they said was completely out of his character. Clarence France, a retired Marine Corps major and warrant officer, said he sent a message to Miller after seeing the posts.
"I said, 'Hey brother, what's going on? This isn't you,'" France said. "'But the posts continued. ... I unfollowed him but I didn't stop worrying about him. I knew there was something wrong with him."
Hours before fatally shooting two Kissimmee, Florida police officers, prosecutors say Everett Glenn Miller posted a status update on Facebook under the name Malik Mohammad Ali, saying "Am I the only one. [Expletive] a Cop..Racist [Expletive]."
The social media post was evidence that Miller's view of law enforcement and his community had dramatically changed after his retirement from a two-decade military career in the Marine Corps, Ocala-based State Attorney Brad King told jurors Friday at the Osceola County Courthouse.
"He says he doesn't like cops much, in polite language," King said. "This is the clearest one that expresses what Mr. Miller thought and goes along with what he did. That is the reason why you should find him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder."