OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - The state rested its case Monday against a man accused of shooting and killing two Kissimmee police officers in 2017.
Early Monday, a man testified in court that former Marine, Everett Miller, confessed to the crimes while behind bars.
The jailhouse snitch, Lewis Peterson, said Miller told him in the Osceola County Jail's medical area that he would have taken out more officers if he had his AR-15.
Miller is accused of shooting and killing Kissimmee police Officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard.
Peterson said he and Miller became close because they were from the same neighborhood.
“I knew his mother. I knew his brother,” Peterson said.
Peterson said Miller told him he knew Baxter and Howard, and that he hated them because they were always harassing people.
He also testified that Miller wasn't happy with police brutality, and that Miller told him he would post about it on Facebook.
Prosecutors said Peterson planned to lie and claim he didn't remember anything. But Peterson changed his mind after the court informed him he could face up to 15 years in prison for lying under oath.
The jury also heard from the chief medical examiner Monday who testified that Baxter was shot twice in the head at close range.
Jury members are expected to deliberate Wednesday.
Prosecutors were initially concerned Peterson planned to lie under oath and claim he doesn’t remember anything. But after the court let him know perjury in a murder trial could get him up to 15-years in prison...he changed his mind and will testify. #WFTV— Jeff Deal (@JDealWFTV) September 9, 2019
Peterson said Miller knew the two officers by name...and “hated” them because they were “always harassing people.” #WFTV— Jeff Deal (@JDealWFTV) September 9, 2019
Peterson said Miller told him he would have taken out more officers if his assault rifle hadn’t been taken away. From court records: "He said, 'I would have laid out on the perimeter with my AR-15,'" Peterson said. "He said, 'I could have picked them off one by one.'” #WFTV pic.twitter.com/x2jfWk1gRx— Jeff Deal (@JDealWFTV) September 9, 2019
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