Chick-fil-A murder trial: Jesse Miller found not guilty

Jesse Miller is charged with murdering Nicholas Megrath.
Jesse Miller is charged with murdering Nicholas Megrath.

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Late Monday afternoon a jury found Jesse Miller not guilty of murdering Nicholas Megrath.

UPDATE, MON 6 PM: Nicholas Megrath, a Chick-fil-A employee, was tied to a chair and shot execution style in 1999 at the Palm Beach Mall.

Megrath worked with Miller at the restaurant.

"The bullet penetrated his scalp, his skull, his brain, and exited through the front," said prosecutor Barbara Burns.

Prosecutors say handwriting and DNA connected Miller to the crime.

But the defense said over the past couple of weeks that the state was desperate and it didn't have the evidence it needed.
"Certainly a crime such as this deserves to be addressed and those guilty need to be punished but it is meaningless unless the right individuals are punished and Jesse Miller is not the right individual," said defense attorney Elizabeth Ramsey.
Miller was arrested after the murder but prosecutors later dropped the charges.

He was arrested again in 2007, but that case ended in a mistrial.

Monday a jury found him not guilty.

Previously: Moments before closing arguments were set to start in the Jesse Miller murder trial, prosecutors dropped kidnapping, robbery and burglary charges. The murder charge remains.

Prosecutors said they did a lot of research over the weekend and consulted with Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg.

Miller is on trial for the third time on charges connected to the 1999 murder of Nicholas Megrath.

Megrath worked with Miller at the Chick-fil-A at the Palm Beach Mall.

Police say Megrath was bound and shot during a robbery.

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