Columbia man charged with 2008 drug-related murder
COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) – A Columbia man has been charged by a federal grand jury with a multiple-count indictment with a drug-related murder.
Thirty-eight-year-old Antonio Miller was charged in a three-count indictment for using a gun during a violent crime and drug trafficking causing death, kidnapping resulting in death and drug conspiracy resulting in death.
Miller could receive life without the possibility of parole on each of these charges.
The indictment alleges that on Sept. 15, 2008, Miller kidnapped and restrained Fred Tucker in Aiken, binding his hands and feet, and tortured him with a hot screwdriver, according to a release.
Miller then “maliciously” killed Tucker by shooting him in the chest after torturing him. The indictment also alleges that Miller and others conspired to distribute crack cocaine.
Miller will be arraigned on the indictment by the Honorable Shiva V. Hodges Thursday, Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m. at the Mathew J. Perry Federal Courthouse.
The United State Attorney stated that all charges in indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.