Wapakoneta woman charged with murder


By Lance Mihm - lmihm@civitasmedia.com



WAPAKONETA — A Wapakoneta woman was arrested Friday on two felony charges in connection with an incident earlier this year that resulted in a Lima man’s death.

According to Wapakoneta Police Chief Russel Hunlock, Jade Miller, 34, 314 Jackson St., Wapakoneta, was arrested on a charge of murder, and a third-degree felony charge of aggravated vehicular homicide. The murder charge can be tried as a first- or second-degree felony, which had not been determined yet, according to online records at Auglaize County Common Pleas Court.

At 8:43 p.m. Sept. 1, the Wapakoneta Police Department received a report that a pedestrian had been struck by a vehicle at the intersection of North and Brighthorn streets. Michael R. Angel, 32, 1200 W. Market St., Lima, received serious injuries and was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center by Wapakoneta Fire/EMS personnel. Angel died at 4:47 a.m. Sept. 3, as a result of the injuries.

Witnesses at the scene told police a vehicle had stopped on North Street, just east of Brighthorn, and an argument began between the victim and a 34-year-old female driver from Wapakoneta, after Angel exited the vehicle. Angel was hit on Brighthorn Street, just south of North Street, at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday, just moments after the argument had begun.

Based on information from the witnesses, Hunlock said Miller “could have intentionally struck” Angel.

Agents from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office were called in to assist with the investigation following the incident. The investigation resulted in Miller’s arrest Friday.

Hunlock said Friday that Miller was being held at the Auglaize County Jail pending a bond hearing. Online records did not indicate a bond hearing date as of 6 p.m. Friday. Hunlock referred all other questions to the Auglaize County Prosecutor’s Office. The prosecutor’s office had not returned a call as of Friday evening to comment on the arrest.

According to court records with the county, Miller was convicted of violating a protection order or consent agreement on March 28. She was sentenced to 14 days in jail. Miller was a plaintiff in a 2007 divorce case from Timothy Parsons. Miller is currently scheduled for a divorce hearing Jan. 27 from Fred Miller.

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By Lance Mihm

lmihm@civitasmedia.com

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or at Twitter@LanceMihm

Reach Lance Mihm at 567-242-0409 or at Twitter@LanceMihm