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WPB family relives nightmare, hopes for justice

By Chuck Weber email

WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It was nearly 10 years ago that 18-year old Nicholas Megrath was killed while working at the Chick-fil-A restaurant at the Palm Beach Mall. Finally accused trigger man Jessie Lee Miller is on trial, and Megrath's family is reliving a nightmare.

Megrath, a high school senior, was robbed and murdered on May 1, 1999. The teen was closing the Chick-fil-A, where he worked as a supervisor.

Wednesday West Palm Beach Police Sgt. Gregory Key testified about finding Megrath's body inside the restaurant. "I could see a white male that was seated," explained Sgt. Key. "He had duct tape around his arms. I could see that he'd been shot."

Defendant Jessie Miller, who's now 26, but 17 at the time of the murder, had worked at the same Chick-fil-A store. He was fired prior to the murder. Miller also had a dispute with the victim Megrath three months before the crime.

Wednesday another restaurant employee, Terrance Richardson, testified after Miller's firing, he remembered Miller saying he wanted to rob the store and that he wanted to "swing on" Nick, meaning punch him.

Earlier in opening statements , one of Miller's lawyers, Sherry Vrod, told jurors the state only has circumstantial evidence against her client. No one will testify to actually witnessing the murder, she said.

Vrod also brought up the fact prosecutors had to drop murder charges against Miller in 2001, due to a lack of evidence. In 2007, police re-arrested Miller because of a new handwriting analysis.

The Chick-fil-A store's safe combination was written on a note pad at the murder scene. Two handwriting experts hired by prosecutors experts now say it's Miller's handwriting.

Police believe three men are responsible for robbery and murder of Megrath. But so far only Otto Wright is serving a life sentence for being the the lookout and getaway driver. He was convicted in 2003.

The trial of Miller is expected to last through the rest of the week.

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