Missoula homicide suspect pleads not guilty; court documents lay out case

Zoë Buchli

A Missoula man pleaded not guilty to accusations that he murdered his mother over the weekend at their shared home on South Avenue.

Miles O. Miller, 21, is charged with one count of deliberate homicide and one count of tampering with or fabricating physical evidence, both felonies. He pleaded not guilty to the charges in court on Tuesday. If convicted, Miller faces up to life in prison.

Miller is being held on a $2 million bail. Missoula Chief Criminal Deputy County Attorney Matt Jennings is prosecuting the case, and the Office of Public Defender is representing Miller. 

Prosecutors detailed in court documents an intense crime scene discovered by police at Miller’s house where he lived with his mother, located on the 500 block of South Avenue West.

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On Saturday at 12:35 p.m., Miller reported to law enforcement that his mother was unconscious, covered in blood, lying on the basement floor and not breathing, according to an affidavit filed in the case.

Firefighters responded to the residence first. They determined the woman was dead. Because of its suspicious nature, the scene was secured and crime scene investigators started

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