Published On: Tue, Apr 29th, 2014

Pennsylvania murder suspect Joe Miller arrested in Texas as church deacon, Roy Eubanks

The man has been on the run for over thirty years, but the manhunt ended Monday when Joseph Miller was finally arrested in connection to a 1981 homicide.

Joseph Lewis Miller

Joseph Lewis Miller

Miller, 78, was arrested in Mineola, Texas where he has been living under the name Roy Eugene Eubanks and serving as a deacon at a church, the statement from U.S. Marshal Martin Pane said. Miller had eluded police for over 33 years in connection to the murder of Thomas Waller in a parking lot adjacent to a hotel in January 1981.

“The murder occurred more than three decades ago, and while this case presented us with a significant challenge it also exemplifies the dedication, thoroughness and diligence the fugitive task force has toward cold cases,” Pane said.

Miller is repeat offender, pleading guilty to killing John H. Lumpkins in Harrisburg in 1960, and throughout that decade, Pane said, Miller applied to have his sentence commuted, a request that was granted with lifetime state parole in 1971.

Ten years later, Miller became a fugitive after Waller’s death. Recently, the U.S. Marshals Service developed information on a Roy Eugene Eubanks in East Texas, the Marshals Service said.

“Working with photographs more than three decades old, Marshals believed the man named Roy Eugene Eubanks was indeed Joseph Lewis Miller,” the statement said.

Authorities put an East Texas home under surveillance Monday and soon saw a man believed to be Miller. They arrested him without incident and recovered a firearm from the home, the statement said.

“The individual admitted his true identity as Joseph Lewis Miller. He was married and a deacon in his local church,” according to U.S. marshals.

“I just broke down crying,” Valerie Waller, 65, said of receiving the news that her brother’s killer had finally been caught.

Using his alias, Miller had been receiving Social Security disability benefits for more than two decades, the statement said.

He is now in custody in Wood County, Texas, where he awaits court proceedings.

“It is my sincere hope that the victims’ family and the surviving victim can and will rest easier knowing the alleged perpetrator is now in custody,” Pane said in the statement.

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