YOKNAPATAWPHA COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT

Investigating Officer(s): Det. T. Armstrong, Det. S. Murphy
Incident No.: 001292-20D-2017
Case Description: Frederick Miller death investigation


INVESTIGATION STATUS REPORT SUMMARY
All detailed reports on file.

April 28, 2017

Witness interview

Investigators re-interviewed people who attended the Sewcial Compassion event, and only one had any information of potential note.

Shelley Mitchell – Ms. Mitchell's exchange in the hallway with Stephanie Bragg outside of the Fellowship Hall was of particular interest. So far, Ms. Mitchell is the only person with specific knowledge of Mrs. Bragg being outside of the Fellowship Hall that evening.

Ms. Mitchell was forthcoming with information and was calm throughout the interview. She answered confidently and with no hesitation. It was apparent that Ms. Mitchell holds Ms. Bragg in high esteem and did not question Mrs. Bragg's leaving the room where the event was taking place.

Investigative action:

Follow up with church staff regarding after-hours procedures for access to other areas, particularly the kitchen.

Re-interview Stephanie Bragg.

Sales records

Deputy Willits contacted each Happy Hunter customer who purchased 60X Series Buck Buster carbon arrows with G5 Montec 85 gram broadheads between January 1, 2016, and April 20, 2017.

Alvarez, Manuel — purchase date: January 18, 2016

  • Mr. Alvarez is not a resident of Oxford and said he did not know Frederick Miller.
  • Mr. Alvarez was in Oxford visiting friends last year when he made the purchase.
  • Home address and employment in Jacksonville, FL confirmed.

Couch, Bruce — purchase dates: March 4, 2016; April 26, 2016; January 7, 2017

  • Mr. Couch is a resident of Oxford and an avid hunter. He said he did not know Frederick Miller.
  • Mr. Couch was out of town on business April 17 - 23, 2017.

Huddleston, Donald — purchase dates: May 12, 2016; February 5, 2017

  • Mr. Huddleston's involvement in the case is well-documented elsewhere.

Peterson, Penelope — purchase date: December 15, 2016

  • Ms. Peterson was Frederick Miller's student in 2009. She said she got along fine with him and hasn't seen him since she graduated from high school.
  • She purchased the arrows, along with a drone, as a Christmas present for her fiance.
  • She said her fiance and two of his friends took the drone and the archery equipment out into the woods in early January, where the men apparently tried to use the drone to film each other shooting the arrows. They lost the drone and all the arrows in a single day. Her fiance told her there was alcohol involved.
  • She said her fiance was from Horseheads, NY, that they had met online, and that he had moved to Oxford in October of 2016, and she was positive that he did not know Frederick Miller. She offered to have her fiance contact investigators.

Sanders, Daniel — purchase date: April 18, 2017

  • Mr. Sanders knew Frederick Miller from church. He said he had no issues with Mr. Miller and couldn't understand why anyone would do anything so horrific.
  • Mr. Sanders' arrows were still in the manufacturer's packaging in the trunk of his car.

Sidlow, Steven — purchase dates: November 30, 2016; January 3, 2017

  • Mr. Sidlow said he did not know Frederick Miller.
  • Mr. Sidlow works as a banquet server and was working an event on the night of April 20, 2017.

Investigative action:

None needed.

Report filed 5/1/17, 6:30 p.m. by Det. T. Armstrong, 615, and Det. S. Murphy, 633

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I think we're getting near to the end; we will get Stephanie's second interview soon.
Here's my theory (until tomorrow! Lol) Stephanie did it in the chaos of the sewing event. She has archery in her background. She practiced/refreshed while...

I think we're getting near to the end; we will get Stephanie's second interview soon.
Here's my theory (until tomorrow! Lol) Stephanie did it in the chaos of the sewing event. She has archery in her background. She practiced/refreshed while coaching Jimmy and perhaps beyond, Fredrick had to be eliminated. He was going to expose Jimmy's cheating, which would have ruined not only his 'present' but also his future in terms of college acceptance. In addition, it would ruin Stephanie - not only to her social groups but also to her loving and believing husband, who knew nothing of the cheating scheme. No one liked Fredrick, you could even say she was doing a lot of people a favor.
To set it up to frame Marc (who would probably skate) was icing on the cake. Marc now lives under a cloud of suspicion - Jimmy has room to rise. Her devotion to her son is almost creepy. It's not devotion, it's dependence.
Paul thinks that Jimmy, not Stephanie, may have had something to do with it (done it). He can't truly account for the time around 8:30. He's not sure, he has found out that his own 'pressure' may have forced his son into being a driven, lying,amoral, cheater. He should have spent more time with him, nurturing him when younger. Instead he left it to Stephanie, while grateful, admiring at the time, he now realizes he has enabled this distorted child rearing (though Jimmy is no longer really a child) and in fact, encouraged it. Guilt!
He believes Jimmy is guilty. He has found things around the house, missed lunches etc. He knows they are probably innocent but... He thinks Jimmy is to blame. To turn these discoveries away from his (neglected) son, he turns it on his wife, knowing that it won't be pinned on her because, how could ANYONE believe that she did it. What he doesn't know is that she did.
Ta-da! HA!
I'll change my mind overnight I'm sure!

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I'd say that's dead on target, Igillette! :-D

 
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"She said her fiance and two of his friends took the drone and the archery equipment out into the woods in early January, where the men apparently tried to use the drone to film each other shooting the arrows. They lost the drone and all the...

"She said her fiance and two of his friends took the drone and the archery equipment out into the woods in early January, where the men apparently tried to use the drone to film each other shooting the arrows. They lost the drone and all the arrows in a single day. Her fiance told her there was alcohol involved."

Sounds like a good plot for a murder mystery...

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Or just a good plot for a good day!

 
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I felt sure it was Stephanie after I read the report that told us that she had been into archery before the murder. She didn't mention that in her interview. I think we have the murderer.

 
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Sherri Oster, refering to Marc stated, " If he didn't act so spoiled all the time, she might have picked it up and folded it nicely for him".
Picked up and folded what? It doesn't say. I can assume she means Marc's jacket, the one with his pin,...

Sherri Oster, refering to Marc stated, " If he didn't act so spoiled all the time, she might have picked it up and folded it nicely for him".
Picked up and folded what? It doesn't say. I can assume she means Marc's jacket, the one with his pin, pinned to it. Marc mentions in his 3rd interview that he remembered his jacket was folded neatly at the end of archery practice. So I wonder, did Sherri take his pin and fold the jacket neatly, or is it coincidence?
Is it coincidence that Sherri doesn't seem to like Marc, because she thinks he is a spoiled brat, and would have no problem framing him for murder?
Is it coincidence that Sherri and Stephanie have children in the archery club that are being held back by Fredrick?
Is it coincidence that Sherri, apparently, was a champion archer when in school?
Is it coincidence that Stephanie buys all this archery equipment a week or so before the murder?
Have Stephanie and Sherri been practicing archery together, Stephanie the coach and Sherri the shooter?

Yea, I still think the shooter would have to, 'lie in wait', to take the shot at Fred. No matter how much Fredrick went by routine, and even the killer knowing the finishing time of choir practice, they couldn't know the exact time that Fred would be walking to his car. Choir practice was way out of sorts that night. People left early and even one stated that the practice finished early. This combined with the sewing event would of made it difficult to pick the exact time to shoot. This shot was precise. You don't want to miss the bus or the train or the plane or whatever, so you have to be there earlier than the appointed time, waiting, to catch it. Stephanie just couldn't duck out and take the shot and, that would be that. I think she had an accomplice, which I think may have been Sherri.
Sherri the Shooter. Sherri said she was at her nutrition and weight management support group that night. Maybe another run around alibi? But if a tight alibi all this is in vain Is she over weight? If so I hardly think she could climb a tree, perch on a branch and take a shot from a bow, but the shot could have come from a crouched position. The shot could be slightly raised, so the arrow flows up in a curve and lands in a slightly downward angle. A gentle sweeping shot with just enough force to penetrate the heart. A champion shot. I've always thought the arrow wasn't in-bedded deep enough. Sure there is different tensions for draw weight on compound bows, this bow was lightly strung. It wouldn't kill a deer if you were hunting with it.
Maybe Stephanie could have been missing from the sewing event for at least fifteen minutes and could have gone to gather a bow an arrow, put on a jacket and beanie hat from her car in a well lit busy carpark and waited to shoot Fred, without been noticed.
Anyway I've rambled too much again. I'm waiting for Sherri to talk. Will she allow her prints to be taken?
And again, what if the bow in the dumpster is a decoy and the one Stephanie bought was the real murder weapon?
What if Sherri's fingerprints are found on any of that archery equipment bought?

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@daroo196


Sherri said she was at practice, and [b]she did see Marc take off his letter jacket and toss it in the spectator area as practice was getting started.[/b

]Sherri said Marc didn't care about his belongings because things came easy...

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Sherri said she was at practice, and [b]she did see Marc take off his letter jacket and toss it in the spectator area as practice was getting started.[/b

]Sherri said Marc didn't care about his belongings because things came easy for him and his parents were rich. She said Marc always left a trail of junk, and he expected others to pick up after him. Sherri said that if he didn't act so spoiled all the time, she might've picked it up and folded it nicely for him.

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I don't think there is enough reason for Sherri and Stephanie to bond together and plan the murder of Frederick (at the moment).
According to Lancaster, the Coach, many parents had an ongoing rivalry (perhaps also between the two most...

I don't think there is enough reason for Sherri and Stephanie to bond together and plan the murder of Frederick (at the moment).
According to Lancaster, the Coach, many parents had an ongoing rivalry (perhaps also between the two most competitive parents, Stephanie and Sherri, especially as they both were former archers themselves?) and were always complaining their kids were being held back or disadvantaged.

I think Sherri's remarks on Marc's sloppiness do underline his attitude towards his expensive stuff he just leaves around, as various others have also attested. I think the killer had easy access to Marc's stuff. Her claim verifies Marc's own claims with regards to his property, especially the jacket: "Marc Huddleston: No, I just like, throw it wherever. I think I half-registered that as being weird before I noticed the pin was missing. But I didn't connect the two things." (Source: Marc Huddleston interview #3)

Marc is the only one with an apparent reason to knock off Frederick, as everyone knows about the relationship with Lizzie Frederick tried to ban and all the hassle. He would be the obvious choice to frame, regardless of him being a spoiled brat.

And it is Stephanie who, once again, sows little ideas into heads, when she remarks how Marc wears a hat to keep his hair out of his eyes to shoot. ("Stephanie Bragg: Oh, it's one of those slouchy knit hats that are so popular with the kids nowadays. Marc's always wearing one. Keeps his hair out of his eyes when he's competing so he can be more accurate. Or so he says."; Source: Stehanie Bragg interview) The hat was worn by a female (see long hair), so discount Jimmy and Marc...

At the very least it shows how observant Stephanie is of Marc, even if true. And it does provide a reason to imply Marc was the killer, as one of his hats was found at the crime scene. Something he surely wouldn't have left behind, had he been the murderer)

If anything, I would be far more inclined to believe Stephanie had convinced or (unwittingly) motivated Jimmy to do it, if it wasn't her own doing. Fact is, the human targets were found in the Bragg's family closet, as well as a new bow. I find it improbable that Sherri is in on this. But yes, she should definitely be interviewed, even if just to rule her out as a suspect.

"Choir practice was way out of sorts that night"

Well, Frederick was constantly looking at his phone for some important reason, being all riled up. Something we need to look into...
I think the deadline for Jimmy to own up was nearing an end..(21st April).

You do have an important point with regards to essence of time, especially as Angie Jennings observed they had finished practice earlier. (cannot recall anyone else stating that though) How early and when exactly? When is the offical ending? I think it was around 10 minutes earlier, enough time for the ladies to leave the church, noticing the forgotten purse, returning to church and observing Frederick die. (I'll have to ask the detectives on this unless someone can recall when choir practice officialyl ends..)


Shelley Mitchell, the lady who constantly had to go to toilet declares Stephanie was in the hall at 7.45 pm with Margie (the missing knife episode) and bumping into her again at 8.15-8.30 (she recalls the police sirens, so the latter time). Apparently Stephanie was away from the group for quite some time then, as Shelley doesn't mention seeing her on returning to the sewing meeting after going to toilet every 15 minutes inbetween. Plenty of time to kill Frederick, plant/ throw away the incrimenating items (Stephanie had to get rid off them anyway, and couldn't possibly leave the church grounds either) There is no need for a second perpetrator.


Moreover, Stephanie being so organized would have known the kitchen was locked. I think she took the knife knowing when there was going to be a coffeebreak for cake and Margie would make a ruckus about it. Being the organiser, she had a reason to take care of the situation and leave the room...

I still think we are dealing with one highly organized killer, who had come well prepared for just about any eventuality. The person had the time to steal the necessary items from Marc, had been watching Marc like a hawk, had some proficiency in archery (Would Sherri really need to practice on paper human targets, if she had been an expert archer herself?) and had a very strong motive to knock Frederick off.


"Anyway I've rambled too much again..."

On the contrary - you make excellent points and observations!

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Thanks Rob, one point is clear though between us all, and that is, we think Stephanie is no. 1 suspect. Weather she did it alone will be up to what Sherri has to say.

 
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