Judge declares mistrial in Casper murder trial after witness slip

2013-10-29T14:30:00Z 2013-10-29T14:39:07Z Judge declares mistrial in Casper murder trial after witness slipBy MEGAN CASSIDY Star-Tribune staff writer Casper Star-Tribune Online

Natrona County District Judge Catherine Wilking declared a mistrial this morning in the trial of accused wife murderer Thomas Miller.

The second day of the trial came to a screeching halt this morning after a witness said Thomas Miller had an affair with Thomas Miller's own first cousin.

Defense attorney Robert Oldham objected to the statement and Wilking asked the jury to go on recess.

After the jury and the witness’s departure, Oldham immediately asked Wilking for a mistrial. He argued that this topic would irreversibly taint the jury and reminded the court that it was explicitly deemed to be off limits during pretrial proceedings.

District Attorney Michael Blonigen stated that he thought he was very clear with the witness that the subject was not to be mentioned, but said he did not think the slip rose to the level of a mistrial.

Wilking said she would go on recess and return with her decision. When she returned, she declared a mistrial.

A new trial is tentatively set for Dec. 9.

Miller is accused of shooting and killing his wife Natalie in March.

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  1. fedupwiththiscrap
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    fedupwiththiscrap - October 30, 2013 1:48 pm
    He's guilty and I'm fed up having my tax dollars used to support and defend him. Enough already!
  2. mbudenske
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    mbudenske - October 30, 2013 12:31 pm
    taint the jury pool? I guess they would have to find 12 people that don't read the paper or listen to the local evening news.
  3. pucker3474
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    pucker3474 - October 29, 2013 6:21 pm
    At least this time the mistrial wasn't due to a detectives incompetence. Give the dude 25 to life and call it good.
  4. Strapontool
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    Strapontool - October 29, 2013 3:23 pm
    Originally the story didn't say that. It has been edited to fix the errors from the original story.
  5. griz
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    griz - October 29, 2013 2:46 pm
    Thomas had an affair with his own cousin. it is clearly in a text of the story. please pay attention
  6. Sassy
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    Sassy - October 29, 2013 12:48 pm
    Overall a very poorly written article
  7. whyoh
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    whyoh - October 29, 2013 12:11 pm
    "The second day of the trial came to a screeching halt this morning after a witness said Miller had an affair with Miller's cousin."

    this paragraph is quite confusing...

    so thomas had an affair with natalie's cousin?
    natalie had an affair with thomas's cousin?
    thomas had an affair with his own cousin?
  8. Sassy
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    Sassy - October 29, 2013 12:01 pm

    Why don't you fill in the blanks... Will he be re tried--- or released??
  9. nls
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    nls - October 29, 2013 11:48 am
    Wow what a waste of time, so what do they do now get a whole new jury, Why doesn't he just plead guilty. Everyone knows he did it , Its very confusing. He he just trying to get a lighter sentence?
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