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  1. #1
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    Oct 2005

    FL - Patricia Miller, 41, murdered, home burned, Melbourne, 20 April 1988

    Almost 18 years after a Melbourne woman was slain, a Brevard County grand jury issued a first-degree premeditated murder indictment against James Phillip Barnes, 44, according to a Florida Today report.

    On April 20, 1988, firefighters found Patricia Miller, 41, in a bed that had been torched at her Roosevelt Avenue home. Miller had been attacked during the night, dying from a blow to the head, a medical examiner determined.

    Her hands had been tied behind her back, and she was burned beyond recognition, Florida Today reported.

    Investigators found a DNA match indicating Barnes was at the 1988 crime scene.
    I bet he thought he was safe after 18 yrs.DNA is certainly getting some cold cases solved.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2013
    From June 2013:


    James Phillip Barnes – who was convicted of killing two women — will remain on Florida's death row after his latest appeal was rejected by the state's highest court.

    In a decision made public today, Florida Supreme Court rejected an appeal from Barnes, who is facing lethal injection for the 1988 killing of Melbourne nurse Patricia "Patsy" Miller. Barnes pled guilty to the slaying and other related crimes in 2007.

    He also killed his wife, Linda, in 1997.

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