Dystiny Myers killer dies in prison

June 17, 2016
Cody Miller with attorney Gael Mueller

Cody Miller with attorney Gael Mueller

Cody Miller, one of the five people convicted in the brutal killing of runaway Santa Maria teen Dystiny Myers, died in prison on Saturday. Miller was 25 years old. [Tribune]

At about 2:40 p.m., Miller was found dead in his cell at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi. Miller did not have a cellmate.

The cause of Miller’s death is unknown. However, there were concerns he was a suicide risk during his trial. An autopsy will likely be performed on Monday.

Miller, a Fresno resident, turned down a plea deal that would have given him a 39-year sentence. Instead, he accepted life in prison without the possibility of parole.

When Miller opted to spend the rest of his life in prison, his attorney, Gael Mueller, said Miller did not feel he belongs in society.

In Sept. 2010, firefighters found the badly burned body of Myers, 15, in a shallow grave near Santa Margarita. Myers was found hogtied with her legs bound behind her, a glove stuffed in her mouth, one of her eyes plucked out, sweat pants tied around her throat and her hands duck taped across her chest.

Following the murder, Miller was digging a grave in which to place the body when his cohorts turned on him and began beating him in the face with a shovel. Miller escaped and was taken to a local hospital where he received facial surgery, had his jaw wired shut and was treated for burns.

Miller told firefighters and investigators that Ty Hill, one of the co-conspirators, had raped him with a baseball bat before the murder. Miller also told investigators he participated in the murder because otherwise he would have been injured or something bad would have happened to him.

Cody Miller

Cody Miller

Co-conspirators gave Miller the task of keeping Myers quiet, beating her, carrying her in a bag and dropping her in the makeshift grave.

Jason Greenwell, a co-conspirator, testified that Miller duct taped Myers’ throat prior to Hill and Jacob York beating her with a baseball bat, punching her and kicking her. Greenwell also testified that, upon arriving at the Santa Margarita location where the group burned Myers’ body, Miller said he stuffed a glove down her throat and said she was dead.

Greenwell, the only defendant who testified in the Myers murder trial, received a sentence of 15 years to life in prison. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in exchange for his testimony.

The other four defendants each received sentences of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

 


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20 Comments

  1. AmericaBeautiful says:

    When are we going to hear the actual cause of his death?
    Bet it wasn’t at all like Dystiny’s. Poor child.

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  2. CentralcoastRN says:

    It is disturbing when you really think of each and every thing they did to this girl. And they just kept torturing her. I cannot imagine how someone could do such a thing, and yet it happens in our world somewhere every day. I know we are taught to forgive, but I really think something can be forgiven once the consequences are meted out. As a mother, it would give me some level of comfort to know that as he lie dying in his cell, he was reflecting on what a giant piece of shit he really was as he faded into oblivion.

    The world is a safer place with him gone.

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  3. Perspicacious says:

    By the way, her name is spelled DySTINY, not DeSTINY.

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  4. Pelican1 says:

    Destiny, your hidden power will control what will happen in the future;..its fate.
    RIP

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  5. Perspicacious says:

    I cannot even comprehend how people could do something like this murder. Good riddance. Hopefully the others will grace us with good news like this about themselves soon.

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  6. deebo says:

    Enjoy hell scumbag

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    • ToHellinaHandBasket says:

      My prayer and hope is that Cody from his heart accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ into his life prior to his death. Repented of all of his sins and asked for forgiveness of same.

      1 John 1:9 New International Version (NIV)

      9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

      Jesus gave His life for all sinners. Those who come to Him and accept Him as Lord and Savior shall not perish, but have eternal life. Only His shed blood covers us from all iniquity. It is a free gift from His Father God. Who gave His only begotten son as the propitiation for the sins of man.

      It’s never to late.

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  7. unlisted says:

    I wish there was good news like this more often!

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