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February 26, 2013

Jeffersonville man in court on attempted murder charge

Police: Man shot wife in front of children

JEFFERSONVILLE — A man believed to have shot his wife twice in the leg while in their Jeffersonville home Thursday appeared in Clark County Circuit Court No. 1 on Tuesday.

Fredrick Miller, 41, avoided Jeffersonville Police Department authorities for nearly four days before he turned himself into authorities Monday. He now faces one count A felony attempted murder and a string of additional felony charges.

Miller came to the court in a Clark County jail-issued orange jumpsuit and told Judge Daniel Moore, “I am not a criminal.”

Moore said his statement appeared to contradict circumstance of the shooting. 

Jeffersonville police said Monday that after Miller was initially taken into custody, he admitted to shooting his wife.

The incident took place about 1 a.m. at their apartment in a quadraplex located at 813 Colonial Park Drive. Police said the shooting occurred after Miller had threatened his wife several times and displayed a handgun.

The woman attempted to escape the home through a window, before Miller allegedly shot her while she held their 1-year-old child, and their 2-and 3-year old children were in the immediate area. Police reported a third round was fired that entered an occupied apartment below, but no one was injured.

Miller told the court that during the four days he eluded police he had been in contact with his wife. Moore issued a no contact order for Miller not the have any communication with his wife, who has been released from the hospital.

A not guilty plea was entered on Miller’s behalf during the hearing, at which time Moore set his bond at $125,000 court-cash, which means Miller could be released if a $12,500 bond is posted.

Clark County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Mull suggested Moore set the bond at $100,000 full cash. 

“I thought a high cash bond was appropriate in this case,” Mull said after the hearing. “Here is a guy who shot the mother of his children twice while she was holding their baby.” 

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