Crime Oklahoma officer faces second-degree murder charge in death of his police chief, arrest report says
Oklahoma officer convicted of 2nd-degree murder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the trial of an Oklahoma City police officer in the shooting of an unarmed man (all times local): 8:04 p.m. A jury has convicted an Oklahoma City police officer of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a man who was threatening to set himself on fire. The jury on Monday found Sgt. Keith Sweeney guilty in the Nov. 15, 2017, death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon. Second-degree murder is punishable by 10 years to life in prison. The jury recommended a 10-year prison sentence. A judge will formally pass sentence at a date still to be set.
A report obtained by KOCO 5 Tuesday reveals details in the arrest of an Oklahoma officer in connection with the death of his police chief while they were in Florida.
According to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office in Florida, Lucky Miller, who was the police chief in Mannford, Oklahoma, was found dead Sunday night at a hotel on Pensacola Beach.
Deputies said they arrested Michael Nealey on a complaint of second-degree murder in connection with Miller’s death. Nealey is a police officer at the Mannford Police Department.
Oklahoma officer convicted of 2nd-degree murder
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A jury on Monday found an Oklahoma City police officer guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of a suicidal man who was threatening to set himself on fire. The jury deliberated about 5½ hours before finding Sgt. Keith Sweeney guilty in the Nov. 15, 2017, death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon and recommending a 10-year prison sentence. Second-degree murder is punishable by 10 years to life in prison. Sweeney wasThe jury deliberated about 5½ hours before finding Sgt. Keith Sweeney guilty in the Nov. 15, 2017, death of 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon and recommending a 10-year prison sentence. Second-degree murder is punishable by 10 years to life in prison.
The two were reportedly attending a law enforcement conference in Florida, officials said.
According to an arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office, when deputies arrived at the hotel, they found Miller lying on the floor of the hotel room, unresponsive with no pulse.
Nealey was also lying on the ground a short distance away and he was mumbling, but deputies were not able to determine what he was saying, according to the report.
A maintenance worker at the hotel said he responded to the room for a noise complaint. He said he knocked several times, and only heard someone making a grunting noise. He then entered the room for a welfare check and saw Nealey sitting on top of Miller, who was lying on the floor.
The worker said he yelled at Nealey to get up and pulled him off Miller.
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Other witnesses who were staying in the hotel reported hearing commotion from the room. One witness said he heard someone making a “roaring” noise and a man yelling, “Stop it, Mike” several times. Another witness said he and his wife heard laughing and yelling from the room, and that the loud noises had been going on for a few hours.
According to the report, Miller’s face was beaten and his right eye was completely swollen. There were no other apparent injuries to his body.
After being treated by first responders on the scene, Nealey was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated. He was not able to provide any information about what happened at the hotel room, authorities said.
Nealey had injuries to his nose and lip, which was caused when he was pulled off of Miller and struck his face on the floor, according to authorities. Nealey’s right hand was also swollen and red, officials said.
Nealey was arrested and booked into the Escambia County Jail, where he was given a court date of Dec. 5.
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