Suspect in 1981 murder returned to Pa. after 33-year run

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A former Harrisburg man charged in a 1981 murder case has been returned to Pennsylvania after 33 years on the run.

Joseph Lewis Miller, 78, is being held without bail in the Dauphin County Prison and faces a preliminary hearing July 13, according to court records.

Miller is accused of fatally shooting Thomas Waller in a parking lot in the area of 14th and Regina streets in January 1981.

He fled Pennsylvania after the killing and managed to elude arrest until April when he was captured in Mineola, Texas.

Authorities said Miller had made a new life for himself under the name Roy Eubanks. He was married, a deacon in his local church, and had been living on Social Security disability benefits for more than two decades.

“For 33 years, even though it’s just an allegation at this point, there’s a victim’s family that has been crying out for justice,” Chief Deputy U.S. Marshal Jim Cunfer said.

Miller was previously convicted in a separate murder case in 1959.

He pleaded guilty to the fatal shooting of John Lumpkins and was sentenced to life in prison, but in 1971 Governor Raymond Shafer commuted his sentence to 11 years and he was released from state custody and placed on lifetime state parole.


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