“Am I the only one. [Expletive] a Cop. Racist [Expletive].”
This was posted on Facebook by Malik Mohammad Ali, just hours before Everett Glenn Miller allegedly shot two Kissimmee, Florida police officers to death. Prosecutors in the case say that Everett Glenn Miller and Malik Mohammad Ali are the same person.
That social media post, along with others, was evidence that Miller’s view of both law enforcement and his community, changed after his retirement from the Marine Corps in 2010. At least that is what Ocala-based State Attorney Brad King told jurors Friday at the Osceola County Courthouse.
“He says he doesn’t like cops much, in polite language,” King said. “This is the clearest one that expresses what Mr. Miller thought and goes along with what he did. That is the reason why you should find him guilty of two counts of first-degree murder.”
Miller’s Facebook account was deleted just a few days after the murders.
On the morning the police officers were killed, Miller posted a meme of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that included the caption, “When I said march, I didn’t mean forever (expletive). Shoot back.”
“You can only poke a tie (sic) up dog so long,” Miller wrote above the photo. “Once that chain breaks it’s over. Wake up America before it’s too late.”
Later that day, just hours before Miller would be accused of murdering two police officers, he posted an article on Facebook suggesting white supremacists had infiltrated police departments.
“F— you, rich bastards,” Miller wrote above photos of police officers allegedly wearing KKK hoods.
Miller, 47, could potentially face execution if convicted of the slayings of 36-year-old Sgt. Richard “Sam” Howard and 26-year-old Officer Matthew Baxter, both of whom were black.
The day they were killed, four other officers in Pennsylvania and Florida was also shot to death.
During opening statements, Miller’s lawyers said they would not dispute that Miller was involved in the murders of Baxter and Howard. However, they did argue that Miller had been in a “downward spiral” since 2013 because he could not adjust to civilian life and suffered from depression, anxiety and nightmares.
“This was truly the perfect storm,” J. Edwin Mills told jurors. “He was homeless, he didn’t have a job, he was heartbroken. … He was admonished for being a walk-in at the VA three days before this crime was committed.”
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Mills told jurors his client was not guilty of a premeditated killing and asked them to return a verdict of second-degree murder.
Prosecutors plan to argue Miller’s “anti-government beliefs” led to the calculated killing of the Kissimmee officers. Prosecutors said both officers were shot in the head and mouth area. Police found their bodies parallel to each other, with their hands at their side according to State Attorney Brad King.
Allow me to wander for just a moment. Post-Traumatic Stress disorder is very real. I know many veterans and many police officers that deal with it daily. But it is a very slippery slope using it for a defense in the murder of two officers.
There was a level of calculation to what happened that day. The officers were lying on the ground parallel to one another with their hands at their sides. That would appear to be no coincidence.
The state’s first witness testified that on the night of Aug. 18, 2017, Officer Baxter was talking to her and two other men hanging out on the curb with beer. The officer was conducting a check into three suspicious people when she saw Miller drive up and start arguing with the officer.
“He told Officer Baxter he wanted to talk to his sergeant,” the witness said. “Miller said he was tired of him messing with his people.”
Officer Baxter called Sgt. Howard to the scene and Miller argued with them both. He said he feared for his life and told them he had a license to carry a concealed weapon, the witness said.
She also stated that Sgt. Howard told her and the other two men to leave immediately. As she walked away, she heard two gunshots, a pause and then two more rounds fired, followed by a car door slamming. Shen then her a car speed away.
Miller was arrested later at Roscoe’s Bar and Package with a knife and two guns. Officer’s say he reached towards his waistband before being subdued.
Officer Baxter died that night, while Sgt. Howard passed away the next day.
Miller’s attorney told jurors that he was a decorated Marine and completed a tour of duty in Afghanistan before his discharge. He had been working as a defense contractor before moving back home to Central Florida. It was at this point that he deteriorated and was laid off from another job. His long-time girlfriend broke up with him and he started sleeping on a friend’s couch, Mills said.
“As he self-medicated with marijuana and alcohol, he sought help from the VA in 2017 and started posting ‘crazy things’ on Facebook,” his attorney argued.
A month before the shooting, he was involuntarily committed under Florida’s Baker Act after marching down the road with a high-powered rifle while only wearing underwear.
When he was released after 72 hours, his guns were returned to him, Mills told jurors.
The jury only heard testimony from two witnesses Friday. Circuit Judge Greg A. Tynan let them recess for several days to prepare as Hurricane Dorian was heading toward Florida.