Local Murderer Gets Life

A Bay County man convicted of murder over two years ago will be spending the rest of his life in prison.

In February 2004, a Bay County jury convicted Rufus Miller of First Degree Murder and Robbery in the death of Jerry Brown. Brown was shot and killed on December 26, 2002.

During the trial, Rufus Miller’s attorney argued the defense didn’t have the chance to effectively cross-examine one of the state’s witnesses.

The man had given a statement under oath earlier, and then he suffered a head injury, which affected his memory, and could not testify at the trial.

Circuit Judge Michael Overstreet agreed with the defense and set aside the guilty verdicts.

The state appealed and in December the First District Court of Appeals overturned Judge Overstreet’s decision and sent the case back to the courts for sentencing.

Tuesday, Judge Overstreet sentenced Miller to life in prison.