A teenager who had suffered severe burns to his face from a fire over a decade ago has been accused of shooting an older man to death and tossing his body in the Nevada desert.
Michael Miller, 19, was charged on Tuesday, September 24, for the shooting death of Raul Salazar, 47, according to The Las Vegas Review Journal.
A search team discovered Salazar’s gunshot-riddled corpse on the early morning of Sept. 20 wrapped in a sleeping bag and discarded along a remote patch of desert near State Route 147 near Pabco Road.
The man had been “murdered at a different location and his body was transported to the desert area,” a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police release on the incident states.
Days later, Miller was brought into custody by homicide detectives and booked into the Clark County Detention Center where he is now facing charges of one count of open murder, police said.
Miller’s uncle, Robert Miller, never heard his nephew mention Salazar and said he didn't fit a description of any of the teen's pals, according to an interview with the Review-Journal.
His uncle also described how Miller had endured permanent burns to his face during a 2003 apartment fire. His injuries from the blaze also caused him to need a wheelchair.
The fire occurred when Miller was 3 years old and also claimed the life of his 4-year-old cousin.
The local fire department attributed the cause of the accidental blaze to kids fiddling with a cigarette lighter, according to the Review-Journal.
Miller’s is expected to be back in court on Friday, jail records show.
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