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.