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Man facing second-degree murder charge in Hampton is suicide victim

John Thompson • Oct 10, 2018 at 6:16 PM

HAMPTON — A 64-year-old man who was facing a charge of second-degree murder has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to the Carter County Sheriff’s Department.

Deputies responded to the residence of Steve Mack Miller, Mountain View Circle, at 7:25 p.m. Tuesday on a call about a gunshot wound to the head. Miller was out of jail on bond, after being charged in the Sept. 7 shooting of Alan Lyle Jansma in the parking lot of the McDonald’s restaurant in Hampton.

Deputy Jonathan Blevins reported that when he arrived at the Miller residence there were two women and a man on the scene. One of the women was standing in the front yard and told him that Miller had shot himself in his bedroom. When Blevins went inside, the second woman directed him to the bedroom.

As he approached the bedroom, Blevins said he found Miller lying just inside the entrance. A neighbor was holding a cloth against Miller’s forehead to slow the bleeding from the gunshot wound.

Blevins then noticed a black Rossi .38-caliber revolver lying near Miller. Blevins said because Miller kept trying to get up, the officer took the gun and placed it on a dresser. He then returned to Miller’s side and told him the rescue squad was on its way. He then helped keep Miller on the floor until the medics arrived.

Miller was transported to Johnson City Medical Center, where he died from the injury.

Miller was out of jail on bond after the shooting in the McDonald’s parking lot. Jansma died at the scene in that incident. Miller waited at the parking lot for deputies to arrive and was taken into custody and subsequently charged. A Glock 9 mm pistol was taken into evidence.

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