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Man guilty of Chick-fil-a murder

By Chuck Weber email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX)-A jury in West Palm Beach has convicted a man for the killing of a Chick-fil-a employee. Jurors went out just after noon Monday and returned around 4:30 a guilty verdict for Jessie Lee Miller.

This was the second trial for Miller. Earlier this year, jurors deliberated two and a half days before declaring they could not reach a verdict.

This time the jury ruled Miller did kill 18-year old high school senior Nicholas Megrath back in 1999. Megrath, a manager at Chick-fil-a in the Palm Beach Mall, had just closed for the night when he was bound with duct tape and shot in the head during a robbery.

Prosecutors said Miller, also a Chick-fil-a employee, had threatened Megrath, after Megrath reported Miller pocketing money from the restaurant. Prosecutors' key evidence was the safe combination written down at the murder scene. A handwriting expert said it belonged to Miller.

Miller's lawyers took issue with the handwriting analysis and maintained the state did not have enough evidence to convict Miller.

Convicted of first degree murder, Miller automatically received a sentence of life in prison, with no chance of getting out.

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