D.A. to announce death penalty decision in Miller case

  By Abby Morris
star staff
amorris@starhq.com
  A Carter County man charged with the rape and murder of an Elizabethton woman earlier this year will find out in court Monday whether or not the state will be seeking the death penalty against him.
  Robert Lee "Bob" Miller, 46, 221 Bill Nave Loop, was indicted on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder and aggravated rape in the death of 22-year-old Kristal Gale Dubuque, 427 W. G St.
  Dubuque's mother, Gale Gentry, told police on Feb. 16 that her daughter had been missing since 10 p.m. Feb. 15. "She said she'd been in contact with Dubuque's employer, who she identified as Bob Miller," Elizabethton Police Department Sgt. Jack Ramsey said at the time of Dubuque's disappearance. "She said that Miller told her that he had dropped Dubuque off at her car, which was parked at the Sunoco on U.S. Highway 91, subsequent to her assisting him on a surveillance on Blue Springs Road."
  While Ramsey investigated Dubuque's disappearance, CCSD deputies were responding to a call about a vehicle discovered underneath the Hunter Bridge on Broad Street Extension with the front wheels in the water. They later determined the car belonged to Dubuque and began a search for her.
  Ramsey spoke with Gerald Williamson, father of Dubuque's roommate, David Dwayne Williamson. "He (Gerald) told me that Dubuque's employer, Bob Miller, had called (David) Dwayne at approximately midnight and asked if she (Dubuque) had arrived safely," Ramsey said in a police report. "According to Gerald Williamson, Miller called several times through the night and told them that he had already checked through Lynn Valley and that they did not need to look in that area. Gerald Williamson stated that he had looked anyway, but did not think to check around the bridge where the car was actually found."
  Two days later, on Feb. 18, Dubuque's body was found lying on the bank of the river behind a residence in Lynn Valley, approximately one-quarter of a mile down stream from where her vehicle was found.
  Miller was arrested on May 4 and charged after a grand jury had returned an indictment against him in Dubuque's death earlier that morning.
  Miller's last court appearance in Carter County Criminal Court was July 1. At that time, Crumley, who was in attendance, said that many factors must be considered before he would make a decision whether to file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty. "I believe there are aggravating factors in this case, but, right now, I have to see if this is a case the state would file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty in," Crumley told the Elizabethton Star in July. "I have an appointment with the family of the victim scheduled in the next couple of weeks." Crumley said he will speak with Dubuque's family about the death penalty and will also help them understand the judicial process as the case progresses.
  Crumley stated in July that he should have reached a decision in the matter by Miller's court appearance on Aug. 16 and he would announce his decision at that time.
  Crumley was out of town on Friday and could not be reached for comment by the Elizabethton Star.