Miller charged with retaliation, violation of parole
By Sherrie Williams
Lee Allen Miller, 53, was arrested by Wichita County deputies just after 9 a.m. Wednesday in the 200 block of South Bond for probation violation, no bond, just four days after being arrested and charged with obstruction or retaliation.
Just before 4 a.m. Saturday, he was observed by a Wichita County deputy leaving a parking lot where nails were found.
According to a probable cause affidavit for Saturday’s arrest, Miller is a suspect in numerous cases over a several month period where nails had been thrown in a Wichita County deputy’s driveway; the intersections near the arresting deputy’s residence; at the Iowa Park Animal Reclaim Center, adjacent to the public works building; in the parking lots of KFDX TV, KAUZ TV, Times Record News; the Iowa Park Police Department driveway; and the Wichita County Detention Center garage door driveway; as well as at the driveway gate at the Wichita County Jail Annex.
The probation violation stems from a plea bargain stemming from a case that started in Oct. 2015, after over 30 dogs reportedly belonging to Miller were seized in an animal cruelty case.
Saturday’s arrest, stemmed from a case county and local law enforcement have been working on for almost a year involving nails being thrown in roadways and driveways that were relevant to Miller’s animal cruelty case.
After nails had been found several times a pickup Miller was known to drive was caputred on video in June. 2016.
On June 9, 2016, roofing nails were found at the Wichita County Detention center garage door driveway and a white Chevrolet Colorado pickup was captured on video.
According to the probable cause affidavit in Saturday’s arrest, the white pickup captured on video after nails were thrown at the Wichita County Detention center matched the one Miller reportedly used to haul the dogs when they went missing.
The report said, he also has access to a red Ford Ranger. Both vehicles are registered to Miller’s dad.
On Jan. 26, 2017 Iowa Park Police officer observed a red Ford Ranger leave Miller’s residence and travel past the public works/animal reclaim center. After the vehicle drove past, officers checked the driveway and found roofing nails. On the same day just before 5 a.m. roofing nails were discovered in the driveway of KFDX 3 and KAUZ 6. A KFDX employee witnessed a red Ford Ranger pickup pull into the driveway, stop, turn around and leave. The employee went to the area the pickup stopped and found roofing nails.
Two days later Wichita County deputies and Iowa Park Police officers began surveillance on Miller’s residence.
The report said, Saturday, Feb. 4, the red Ford Ranger was observed leaving the Miller residence.
A deputy followed the pickup and observed it turning into the driveway of KFDX.
When the Ford Ranger exited the driveway the deputy conducted an investigative stop, because of the unusually early morning activity. When the deputy made contact with the driver and only occupant of the pickup Miller identified himself.
Other deputies checked the television station’s parking lot where the pickup had just turned around and found roofing nails.
The deputy noted all of the nails found at each location were bright, shiny nails.
Miller was taken into custody for retaliation.
Bond was set at $10,000 and Miller was not in custody Monday afternoon.
According to the report, during a search of the pickup the deputy observed an empty dry drink cup in the front seat and another large drink cup in the center console cup holder that contained silver roofing nails consistent with those just found.
The case started when on Oct. 19, 2015, Iowa Park Police and Animal Control seized over 30 dogs belonging to Miller, in an animal cruelty case.
The following morning over 20 of the dogs were missing from a make-shift shelter build adjacent to the Iowa Park Reclaim Center to house the dogs.
The dogs were later discovered by school personnel at Midway School in Clay County where Miller was employed.
Because the animal reclaim center is owned by the City of Iowa Park but is just outside the city limits, the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office handled the stolen dog case.
Miller, 52, was charged with tampering with physical evidence and taken into custody on Oct. 22, 2015 by a Wichita County deputy.
According to the probable cause affidavit, in April 2016 the arresting deputy found roofing nails at the end of his driveway in Iowa Park.
The following day roofing nails were found in the roadway at Iowa Park Police Department and at the intersection flanking the block of the arresting deputy’s residence.
In Nov. 2016, following a plea bargain, Miller was sentenced to eight years of probation in lieu of 10 years TDC time, and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine as well as $304 in court costs, and $350 in attorney fees and he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and is prohibited from possessing or breeding dogs.
If he violates the terms of his probation he could serve 10 years in prison.
Miller faced several misdemeanor charges for animal cruelty filed by Iowa Park police as well as felony charges of theft filed by the Wichita County Sheriffs Office.
Wednesday Miller was found in the same building the dogs had been held in.