Ill. cop, twice accused of murder, now accused of choking wife

William T. Miller IV
St. Clair County Sheriff Dept.
ALORTON, Ill. - A southern Illinois police officer who has been accused of murder twice, was arrested this week for allegedly attacking his wife.

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, William T. Miller IV, 63, was charged on April 22 with domestic battery for choking his wife, who is identified in court documents by her initials, "H.M."

Miller was arrested and released after posting $5,000 bail. The newspaper reports that he has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.

But this is not the first - or even the second time - Miller has been accused of harming a woman he was romantically involved with. According to the Post-Dispatch, Miller was charged with killing his girlfriend, JoAnn Hubbard in 1975. He reportedly claimed self-defense. His first trial ended in a hung jury, and a second a jury acquitted him, reports the newspaper.

Ten years later, while working as an Alorton police officer, the paper reports that Miller was accused of taking $400 from a man while on duty, but that the charges of felony theft and official misconduct were dismissed.

And 1992, Miller's wife, Ruthie M. Miller, 41, was reportedly shot in the back of the head at the couple's home in Alorton. Miller was charged with first-degree murder, but again, the case was dismissed after a St. Clair County grand jury refused to indict him, reports the Post-Dispatch.

Prior to this week, Miller had also reportedly been charged three times with battery. Those charges, too, were dismissed, reported the Post-Dispatch. However, per a statement from St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly, it looks like he may not get off so easy this time.

"The Alorton police received a report of domestic battery, arrested the defendant and turned the investigation over to an outside agency, the Illinois State Police, in accordance with the appropriate policy and procedure," said Kelly, as reported in the Post-Dispatch.