‘I’m innocent’: Man charged in Pender County triple murder appears in court

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BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — A man has been arrested and charged in connection with a triple murder that occurred last November.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office along with assistance from the Jacksonville Police Department arrested Michael Legage Miller, Jr. early Thursday morning in Jacksonville.

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Miller appeared in court in Pender County not long after his arrest. He was visibly shaking and sobbing throughout his appearance, getting particularly upset when the judge reviewed the charges he is facing.

The judge announced his next scheduled court date for June 16, to which Miller reacted by crying out, “I’m innocent, I’m innocent,” followed by more mumbled pleas.

Miller is being held in the Pender County jail without bond.

The 28-year-old was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of murder of an unborn child in connection with a triple homicide in the Maple Hill community.

On November 8, 2020, deputies received an emergency medical call around 4:30 p.m. in the 400 block of John Pickett Road. When deputies arrived, they found Destiny Denise Greene and William Lenwood Coley, III, dead.

Sheriff Alan Cutler shared brief remarks following the hearing thanking all agencies involved in the arrest.

“Our agency is extremely proud of our investigations unit for their hard work and we are extremely impressed with the job that they have done in this case.”

Anyone with additional information is urged to call the Pender County Sheriff’s Office at 910-259-1212.