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Hagerstown man charged with murder after man's body found off W. Antietam St.

June 16, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • David Allen Miller
Hagerstown Police Department

A Hagerstown man was charged with first-degree murder in the death of a homeless man who was found Saturday with severe blunt-force trauma to his head, according to Hagerstown Police Department Sgt. John Lehman and a news release from the police department.

Police know the identity of the homeless man, a 47-year-old man whose last known address was in Hagerstown, but were not releasing it Sunday because they had not been able to find his next of kin, Lehman said.

David Allen Miller, 38, of 115 Elm St. in Hagerstown was charged with first-degree murder; first-degree assault — a felony; and second-degree assault — a misdemeanor, according to Lehman and the news release.

Miller also was charged with second-degree murder, according to the Washington County Detention Center and online records for Washington County District Court.

Miller was being held Sunday without bond at the detention center.

Lehman said the two men were acquaintances and went to the homeless camp near the CSX railroad tracks, in some woods off the 300 block of West Antietam Street, to “drink for the afternoon.”

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The two men got into an argument and a fight, Lehman said.

Other people were at the homeless camp at the time, but no one else was involved in the fight, Lehman said.

A male witness flagged down a Hagerstown Police officer in the area of Antietam Street to tell authorities about the victim, who was unconscious and unresponsive, Lehman said.

Police found the man and called Community Rescue Service, who pronounced him dead, Lehman said.

Police responded to the wooded area at about 5:05 p.m. Saturday, according to the news release.
Lehman said police estimate the fight occurred around noon Saturday.

Miller was found about eight hours after the alleged fight in front of his Elm Street home and was taken into custody, Lehman said. Elm Street is north of Bester Elementary School.

The victim’s body was taken to the chief medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

There was no mention of weapons at the scene of the alleged fight, but Lehman said police are awaiting autopsy results to confirm the victim died solely of his injuries from the fight and that no weapons were used, Lehman said.

The news release said Miller is 6 feet tall and weighs 140 pounds.

Lehman said the victim had a smaller stature than Miller.

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