Joseph Lewis Miller in an April 21, 2014 mugshot after being arrested in connection to a 1981 murder. (Source: Wood County Jail)
Joseph Lewis Miller in an undated photo from the Harrisburg, Penn. City Police. (Source: WHP-TV/Harrisburg, Penn. City Police)
Thomas Waller, Sr. seen in this photo with his son who shares his name. (Source: Family Photo)
Thomas Waller, Sr., victim of a 1981 Pennsylvania murder. (Family Photo)
The sister of a Pennsylvania man killed in 1981 said she is relieved that the suspect, 78-year-old Joseph Lewis Miller, was arrested Monday in Mineola.
Valerie Waller said her brother, Thomas, was killed in the parking lot of a bar by Miller. She said police initially did not have enough to hold Miller, and by the time a warrant was issued, he was already long gone.
United States marshals in East Texas caught up with Miller, now living under the name of Roy Eubanks and serving as deacon of the New Life Baptist Fellowship in Quitman. Miller was arrested Monday without incident at his home in Mineola.
Waller said she was happy to see the capture of the man accused of killing her brother, but said it brings back memories of her brother.
"It was happy, but sad to have to go through this you know because it brought back a whole lot of memories," Valerie Waller said.
She said she does not feel any differently towards Miller given his now older age.
"The only thing I'd say is I don't wish him death, but I do wish he spend the rest of his life in jail. My brother is not his first victim, he's murdered before," she said.
Waller was speaking about Miller's prior conviction for a murder in 1959. He was later released from a Pennsylvania jail after serving eleven years after having his sentence commuted by then-Pennsylvania Governor Raymond Shafer.
Valerie Waller said her brother was born on Christmas Day and after his death it was hard to celebrate the holidays for their mother.
"I just want to see justice served you know?" she said. "I'm just happy that finally, he's been captured and.. and my brother can now rest in peace."
Waller, also had a message for the woman married to the man accused of taking her brother's life.
"You know, I'm just sorry that this even happened," she said. "It's like I feel sorry for her because she is going to suffer now."
Two families now left to suffer together for a crime that happened decades ago.
Police in East Texas are looking into Miller's East Texas past to see if he could be involved in any unsolved crimes. Wood County Sheriff Jim Brown said his detectives are looking over unsolved cases to see if Miller could have had any involvement. So far they have found no links.
United States Marshal Martin Pane said additional charges could be brought against Miller by other agencies. Possible charges could range from using a false identity to using that false identity to receive social security payments.
Miller remains in the Wood County Jail, awaiting his extradition to face charges in Pennsylvania.
Tuesday, August 26 2014 5:57 AM EDT2014-08-26 09:57:06 GMT
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