30-year-old mur­der case ends with man’s guilty plea

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - NATION -

An In­di­ana man pleaded guilty to the 1988 ab­duc­tion, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl.

John D. Miller, of Gra­bill, pleaded guilty Fri­day to mur­der and child mo­lesta­tion charges in the longun­solved killing of April Tins­ley. Miller was ar­rested in July and had been sched­uled to stand trial in Fe­bru­ary, but he’s now due to be sen­tenced Dec. 31 in Allen County Su­pe­rior Court. A plea agree­ment calls for the 59-year-old Miller to serve 80 years in prison.

Tins­ley was ab­ducted in April 1988. Her body was found three days later in a ditch about 20 miles away. She had been sex­u­ally as­saulted and stran­gled.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors say DNA ev­i­dence and ge­neal­ogy data­bases helped them link Miller to the crime.

John D. Miller

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