Dana Miller Pleads Not Guilty To Attempted Murder
A Casper woman is accused of trying to kill her husband, but she claims it was an accident.
Thirty seven year old Dana Miller, has pleaded not guilty to one count of attempted second degree murder, along with three counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a deadly weapon with intent to threaten the life of another.
Investigators with the Casper Police Department say in early January, officers got a call from Miller, saying she had accidentally shot her 26-year old husband, at an apartment complex on the 1900 block of South Missouri Avenue.
The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was diagnosed with a severed artery, and a collapsed lung and had to be placed in a medically induced coma.
When interviewed, Miller said earlier that evening, her husband became too intoxicated and started calling her names, which caused her to become frustrated.
Miller, who had also been drinking, went and got a gun, and pointed it at her husband in an attempt to get him to stop, but he continued and Miller pulled the trigger.
Her husband said he got the gun at first, and Miller told him to give it her.
Once he did he started to leave the apartment, when Miller said "I'd really like to shoot you right now."
The victim told her to do it, and she did.
Detectives said that Miller told them she pointed the gun at her husband and pulled the trigger, but she didn't know the gun was loaded.
Miller's blood alcohol content was later determined to be .17%, and that was about four hours after the shooting.
The victim said the argument started when Miller took his debit card and refused to return it.
Miller is being held on $100,000 bond awaiting trial and could face between 20 years to life in prison on the attempted second degree murder charge if convicted.