A Crocker man has been charged with murder in a shooting death that occurred over the weekend at a residence in Crocker, though the suspect attempted to claim self defense.
Ian Miller, 45, is facing charges of murder in the first degree and armed criminal action in the death of Lane Kennedy. Investigators with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office reportedly found evidence at the scene of the shooting that conflicted with Miller’s story, and Miller’s own story appeared to add doubt to his claims.
The shooting occurred overnight between Saturday and Sunday, June 23 to 24, at 19684 Brownsville Road, where Miller and Kennedy were residing. It was Miller’s residence, but Kennedy had been staying there.
According to the probable cause statement filed against Miller, he called 911 and reported the incident, telling Dispatch that he had shot Kennedy during an argument inside the residence. The court document does not note what time the 911 call was made.
Deputies arrived on scene to find Kennedy deceased from apparent gunshot wounds to the torso.
Processing the crime scene, evidence was allegedly obtained that conflicted with Miller’s statement. The probable cause statement does not outline what that evidence entailed.
Miller was taken to the sheriff’s office where he spoke to police after being read his Miranda rights.
According to Miller, they had been riding together in a vehicle with Kennedy driving. Miller claimed Kennedy’s driving became irate and scary which made him angry and scared. When they arrived at the residence, Miller reportedly told police he knew he had to make his way into the house before Kennedy so that he could get his shotgun.
Miller got to the gun, and while both men were inside the residence, allegedly shot Kennedy after Kennedy asked him what he was doing and attempted to grab the gun. Miller said he pulled the trigger twice, but the first time the shotgun didn’t fire.
According to Miller, Kennedy was still able to walk, and Kennedy came at him so Miller said he reloaded and shot Kennedy again. Miller said he believed Kennedy was still coming at him so he then struck Kennedy with the shotgun swinging it like a baseball bat into Kennedy’s torso.
The court document states that Miller could never explain or describe the manner in which Kennedy “came at him” and allegedly admitted that Kennedy never made any threats toward him nor had any weapons on him. Miller also allegedly admitted that he had never asked Kennedy to leave while he had been residing at the residence.
Miller is being held in the Pulaski County jail on a $1 million bond. The case is still under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and additional charges may be filed, according to a press release from Pulaski County Prosecutor Kevin Hillman.