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Murder charge upheld for guilty man who killed himself

December 18, 2020 GMT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A murder charge has been upheld for a Washington state man who killed himself before the jury had reached its verdict.

Superior Court Judge David Kurtz on Thursday upheld a jury’s guilty verdict from last month for Terrence Miller, 78, who had killed Jody Loomis, 20, in 1972.

Miller was not arrested for the murder until 2019 after new DNA evidence was found and corroborated.

In November, while the jury deliberated, Miller killed himself. An autopsy report said he had shot himself. The jury reached a guilty verdict a few hours after being told of his death.

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Loomis had been riding a bicycle from her home to a horse stable when she encountered the killer on Aug. 23, 1972. She was eventually found mortally wounded on a dirt track after being shot in the head.

Snohomish County detectives have said Miller had been accused multiple times but never convicted for committing sexual crimes before his eventual arrest.