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Dennis L. MILLER






A.K.A.: "Chubb"
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Rape - Jealousy and physical abuse directed toward his wife
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: November 18, 1995
Date of arrest: May 1996
Date of birth: February 2, 1963
Victims profile: His wife, Sherry Miller
Method of murder: Stabbing with knife
Location: Chester County, Pennsylvania, USA
Status: Sentenced to death on October 27, 1997

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

opinion J-248-98

Dennis "Chubb'' Miller showed no emotion when he was formally sentenced to die for the rape and murder of his wife, Sherry, in 1995. 

In imposing the sentence, Chester County Court Judge Howard F. Riley Jr. said he was troubled that Miller showed a lack of remorse for the killing.

In a letter Miller wrote to the court, he placed the responsibility for the murder on his wife, Riley said.  Miller was convicted of first-degree murder, rape and related charges after a non-jury trial that ended Oct. 1.

Riley announced that Miller would get the death penalty, but he held off on the formal sentence so appeal periods from other related charges would run together. 

Miller served jail time in 1995 for holding a gun to his wife's head. While there, his cell mate, Michael D. Torres, testified during the trial, Miller told him that he planned to kill his wife. 

Sherry Miller wrote a letter asking a judge to parole him early. Dennis Miller was released in September 1995. Two months later, his wife was found murdered. 

According to an account Dennis Miller gave to a clinical psychologist, the couple returned to their Chatham home from a tavern about 12:30 or 1:00 a.m. He had about 12 beers that day, and he and Sherry Miller had taken methamphetamines.

Then his wife said she wanted him to move out the next day because her boyfriend was moving in. He went into a rage and "everything went black,'' until he found himself sitting on top of his wife, who appeared to be dead. 

Dennis Miller, who was featured on America's Most Wanted, spent five months on the run before he was arrested in Florida in May 1996. Miller's lawyer has 30 days to appeal the sentence.  There are still appeals pending and this execution is not likely to take place on this date.



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