Judge says accused Kissimmee cop killer competent to stand trial

Everett Miller charged in deaths of Sam Howard, Matthew Baxter

Sgt. Sam Howard, Officer Matthew Baxter and Everett Glenn Miller

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – A judge determined Friday that the man accused of killing two Kissimmee Police Officers last month is competent enough to stand trail, WKMG reports.

Everett Miller is charged with murder in the August slayings of Kissimmee police Sgt. Sam Howard and Officer Matthew Baxter.

Miller was in court for a mental competency hearing in which Ninth Judicial Circuit Judge George Tyan heard from both the state and Miller's defense if he could stand trial. The hearing only lasted a few minutes.

Baxter's widow, FDLE Special Agent Sadia Baxter was also seen in court during the competency hearing. Sadia Baxter was a Kissimmee police officer until last month.

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Howard and Baxter were responding last month to a call in the area of Palmway and Cypress streets that is known for drug activity when they were shot, police said.

Miller has entered a not guilty plea.

The next hearing is scheduled for Dec 12. Miller's trial is scheduled to begin in January.


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