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Miller DNA Case

A bizarre twist in the case of a teen shot and killed by a Delray police officer. A paternity test reveals that the man who raised Jerrod Miller as his own was not the 16-year old's biological father.

Terry Glover stepped forward claiming Jerrod as his, only after Kenneth Miller, who raised Jerrod, filed a 7.5 million dollar wrongful death suit against Delray Beach.

Miller, a black teenager, was shot and killed by a white Delray Beach police officer back in February of 2005. His death, and the decision not to charge the officer, outraged the black community and posed the question: who has the right to sue the city--Miller's caretakers or another man claiming to be his biological father?

The results are in and the probability is 99.99% that Terry Glover is the father. That means Terry Glover wants to be in charge of the wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Delray Beach, saying he is the only one with a legal right to sue on behalf of Jerrode Miller and for his surviving twin, Sherrode.

"The main thing is to make sure all the kids are okay. Mainly my son. Because that's my son."

According to Glover's attorney, the Miller twins, Jerrod and Sherrode, were raised by their mother and her mother until two years ago before Jerrod's death when their mother died. That's when the Miller family took the two boys in.

Glover says the boys' mother had always told him to keep quiet about being the father. She had apparently let Kenneth Miller believe he was the father all along.

"I was told I couldn't say anything, but I did go round and see them."

"We're not saying the Millers don't have a right to anything, but they don't have the right to say they're the father when they are not."

But Glover says two weeks before Jerrode was shot he was old enough to hear the truth.

"The first thing he said was aw, snap--I knew you was my daddy. I look just like you and he was happy and excited."

We asked Glover about his claim to any money that would come from suing the city. Glover says he has already written in court documents that he plans to give some of that money to Sherrode Miller, Jerrode's surviving twin, as well as two other half siblings of Jerrod, and to start a foundation for youth in the community.

Here's more information about Jerrod Miller's shooting.

Officer Darren Cogoni shot the 16-year old as he drove through a school breezeway at the Delray Full Service Center. In the weeks following, community leaders and the NAACP held protests and demonstrations calling for police to modify policies, which they did. Then, in August of last year the State Attorney's office declined to charge Cogoni.

Cogoni was fired from the force with the chief saying that although he did not believe race was a factor in the shooting, Cogoni's ability to serve the people of Delray Beach had been compromised.

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