PHOENIX (AP) - A 62-page search warrant shows nearly 400 items were seized from the home of a man suspected of killing two women found 10 months apart in the early 1990s.
The Arizona Republic reports (https://bit.ly/1IFfujx) the search warrant was heavily redacted, and lists knives, photos and electronic storage devices among the items police were looking for at Bryan Patrick Miller’s home.
Superior Court Judge Michael W. Kemp ordered the search warrant’s release. Normally a public document, prosecutors said they were concerned about damaging investigations or tainting the jury pool leading up to the Sept. 30 trial.
Kemp said the search warrant has information that could prove disruptive to a high-profile case, possibly depriving Miller of a fair trial.
“Some of the items seized would be perceived as extremely alarming and evidence of guilt,” he wrote.
The cold cases for 22-year-old Angela Brosso and 17-year-old Melanie Bernas were reopened in 2011.
DNA evidence collected by undercover officers led to Miller’s arrest in January, though it’s unclear what pointed police in his direction.
He appeared in court in January without an attorney, but police say he’s denied any involvement in the killings. He’s being held on two counts of first-degree murder and a sexual assault charge.
Information from: The Arizona Republic, https://www.azcentral.com
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