[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1380933233&height=360&page_count=5&pf_id=9626&show_title=1&va_id=4411473&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=360 div_id=videoplayer-1380933233 type=script]
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A longtime Youngstown employee is off the job and in the Mahoning County Jail, accused of trying to hinder a local murder investigation.
Megan Miller appeared in court Friday afternoon on charges of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence after being arrested Thursday at City Hall. Her bond was set at $50,000 and she is due back in court next week.
Police said the case is tied to the Sept. 28 shooting death of Frank Brown, 33, whose body was found lying in a pile of shattered glass near the corner of Shehy Street and Truesdale Avenue on the city’s East side. He was shot in the head.
Detectives were eventually able to trace a car seen leaving the area back to Miller, who told police her husband, Randall, was driving it at the time.
She also claimed the car had never been damaged and detectives then searched the car themselves. Youngstown Police Capt. Mark Milstead said the car was tampered with, including attempts to clean up blood evidence and replace a broken window.
A search warrant was executed Friday at Miller’s home on South Hazelwood Avenue, across from Chaney High School. And warrants were issued Friday for her husband, Randall Miller, on murder charges.
Detectives won’t yet discuss any possible motives, saying the case is still in its early stages.
“We have another search warrant we have to secure for another item of evidence, and we have phone records that we need to secure and analyze, Milstead said.
Police said this isn’t the first time Megan Miller has been in trouble with the law for trying to help her husband at the time. Authorities said two years ago, when Miller was married to another man, she was reportedly convicted on a charge of failing to report a crime.
Miller has been working for the city since 1995, and has been in the payroll office at the Finance Department since 2002.