OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. - The trial for the man accused of shooting and killing two Kissimmee police officers in 2017 continues Friday.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for former Marine Everett Miller. He is accused of killing Kissimmee police officer Matthew Baxter and Sgt. Sam Howard.
The trial resumed Thursday after being put on pause due to Hurricane Dorian.
The first witness on the stand Friday was a forensic technician who collected and photographed a lot of the evidence related to the case. Many of those photos from multiple scenes were shown to the jury.
Before testimony began Friday, there was a short delay after a juror claimed another juror had been discussing the case in the jury area.
The attorneys and the judge questioned a couple of jurors about the situation to determine if the jury had been tainted in any way.
They determined the only thing the juror said was that he felt one of the first witnesses in the case didn't really want to be there testifying.
They decided to move ahead with the trial and have the judge warn the jurors not to discuss the case in any way.
Sounds like defense and prosecutors are satisfied nothing critical was discussed. Judge will just remind jurors not to discuss case and they will move forward. #WFTV— Jeff Deal (@JDealWFTV) September 6, 2019
Prosecutors believe Miller had anti-government beliefs and hated law enforcement.
A witness that was brought in Friday said many of Miller's social media posts referenced that he had become a Moorish sovereign citizen.
JJ MacNab tracks violent groups and believes Miller's posts on Facebook page, YouTube channel and a notebook found in his vehicle are all consistent with Moorish beliefs.
The testimony was done with jurors out of the room so the judge could see whether jurors should be allowed to hear it. If allowed, prosecutors could use it to try to show motive for the crime.
Miller's defense spent time trying to discredit MacNab in hopes they can keep her from testifying in front of jurors.
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