Indictment alleges Columbia man tortured murder victim with hot screwdriver
Antonio Miller, 38, of Columbia was indicted Thursday according to a release from the office of US Attorney Beth Drake.
She stated in the release that a Federal Grand Jury in Columbia returned a multiple-count indictment against Miller in connection to a drug-related murder in Aiken.
Miller has been was charged with use of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and drug trafficking causing death; kidnapping resulting in death; and drug conspiracy resulting in death. Miller could receive life without the possibility of parole on each of these charges.
The indictment alleges that on Sept. 15, 2008, Miller kidnapped and restrained the victim Fred Tucker, binding his hands and feet and torturing him with a hot screwdriver.
After so torturing Tucker, Miller maliciously killed Tucker by shooting him in the chest. The indictment also alleges that Miller and others conspired to distribute crack cocaine and, while engaged in this conspiracy, Miller intentionally killed Tucker.
Arraignment for the charges in front of the Hon. Shiva V. Hodges, United States Magistrate Judge, is scheduled for Thursday at the Mathew J. Perry Federal Courthouse, 901 Richland Street, Columbia.
The case was investigated by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, the Richland County Sheriff’s Office, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Aiken Department of Public Safety, North Augusta Department of Public Safety, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys JD Rowell and Jay N. Richardson of the Columbia office are prosecuting the case.
The United States Attorney states that all charges in Indictments are merely accusations and that all defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.