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APPEALS COURT: Miller’s Murder Conviction Affirmed

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A Marion County man’s murder conviction has been upheld by the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Officials say Michael Miller, of Knoxville, hired another man to kill his wife. Teresa Miller was found dead, with a gunshot wound to the head, in the Miller’s family home in Knoxville on January 7, 2011.

Prosecutors say Miller, who was having an affair with another woman, hired Terry Cobbins to kill his wife. Cobbins was also convicted of first degree murder in the case.

Miller was convicted of first degree murder in March of 2012.

Miller’s appeal claims there was improper jury selection and that some jurors knew about Cobbins’ murder conviction before being chosen to serve. He also claimed statements made by Cobbins should not have been admitted into evidence because they constituted hearsay.

The court disagreed and ruled Miller failed to show he was entitled to a new trial in the case.

Miller is serving a sentence of life in prison.