(6-11-22) A Jay Circuit Court jury on Friday afternoon returned a guilty verdict in the murder case of former Jay County Sheriff’s Deputy Roger L. Boyd Jr. (36).

Boyd was accused of fatally shooting James P. Miller (49) Montpelier on Sept. 5, 2020.

Boyd told investigators he shot Miller with a semi-automatic handgun after finding Miller in his garage. During the trial it was mentioned that a motorcycle sale was a part of the conflict.

Boyd’s defense attorney, Spencer Benge of Anderson, tried to persuade jurors his client had acted in self defense.

The maximum penalty for a murder conviction in Indiana is a 65-year prison term. Judge Brian Hutchison set sentencing for July 25.

Boyd was held at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, according to his lawyer he had been threatened and attacked by other inmates while being held in the Jay County jail.

Jimmy Miller-Obituary


Jimmy James Patrick Miller, age 49, a resident of Montpelier, Indiana passed away on September 5, 2020 in Portland, Indiana.

Jimmy was born on March 5, 1971 in Lima, Ohio the son of James E. and Connie (Hardman) Miller. He worked at BRC in Montpelier, he enjoyed collecting and riding Harley Davidson motorcycles.

Survivors Includes:

Father: James E. Miller – Uniopolis, Ohio

Girlfriend: Nikki Burk – Dunkirk, Indiana

5 daughters: Zera Hunley (husband Matt) – Portland, Indiana

                    Alexzanderia Wilhelm (Cohn Richards) – Ridgeville, Indiana

                    BreAnna Miller – Keystone, Indiana

                    TashaLee Miller (Dustin Franks) – Portland, Indiana

                    Joshlyn Bisel – Portland, Indiana

1 son: James “Bug” Miller – Montpelier, Indiana

3 sisters: DeAnna Bisson (husband Christopher)– Lambertville, Michigan

               Shannon Moon (husband Huwert)– Oklahoma  

               Donna Miller – Uniopolis, Ohio

1 brother: Raymond Briscoe – Wapakoneta, Ohio

10 Grandchildren

He was preceded in death by his mother, Connie Miller and son-in-law, Spencer Teague.