Update in Miller case


Mannford Police Detective Michael Patrick Nealey was to appear in court Tuesday in Escambia County, Fl., in connection with the death of Lucky Miller, Mannford police chief and former Stroud police chief.

Nealey is charged with first degree murder in Miller’s death in November of last year.

According to the Associate Medical Examiner Aurelian Nicolaescu, Miller’s cause of death was blunt trauma to the head and asphyxia, and the manner of death was homicide.Nealey and Miller were attending a training together in Nov. of 2019.

According to the arrest report filed by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, after receiving multiple noise complaints, a maintenance man of the hotel they were staying at went to the room and knocked on the door.

The maintenance man knocked on the door several times and could hear grunting on the inside of the room.

Upon entry, the maintenance man found Nealey sitting on top of Miller, according to the report.

Miller was found unresponsive in the hotel room, his right eye was swollen shut and his face was beaten, according to the report.

According to the report, Nealey was unable to provide any information regarding what happened that night.

He also had injuries on his nose and lip and his right hand was swollen and red.

Nealey is in the Escambia County Jail with bond set at $1.5 million.

According to the Escambia County Court Clerk, Nealey had a bond hearing on Apr. 28, but it was denied.