A Georgetown County jury has found Chris Miller guilty for criminal conspiracy in the 2003 killing of his cousin, according to authorities.
Miller, Joey Pope’s cousin, has been found guilty for criminal conspiracy with five years credit for time served.
Keri Pope was found not guilty yesterday when Judge Steven John stated there wasn’t enough evidence for a jury.
The trial for the 2003 murder of Joseph Pope, a 21-year-old officer at the Georgetown County Detention Center, is now underway.
Joey Pope’s wife, Keri Pope, and cousin, Chris Miller, were both charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Keri Pope, 18-years-old at the time of the murder, claimed that on May 27, 2003, around 11:30 p.m., a man came to the couple house on Highmarket Street inquiring about a truck that was for sale in the front yard. During the conversation between her and the man, Keri was grabbed by the throat and pushed down as a second man forced his way into the house and to the bedroom where Joey slept. She said that her husband was shot in the head four times and the family’s pit bull was fatally shot before the men ran out the back door. Keri and the couple’s daughter, Zoey, were unharmed.
After a five year investigation into the murder, Keri Pope and Chris Miller were both arrested and charged in November 2008.