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Police tying up loose ends as DA gets murder case

Miller in court May 11
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Detectives are nearly finished with their investigation of the murder of Eric Dale McGhee, 40, who was found shot multiple times in his home April 18. Sgt. Darin DeFreece of the Roseville Police Department said that while the case has been submitted to the district attorney’s office, investigators are still tying up some loose ends. “With some investigations, they’re fluid and you have things that need to checked and rechecked,” DeFreece said. “That’s what we’re doing now.” Brad Robert Miller, 46, a friend of McGhee’s, was arrested April 17 on a DUI charge, after having been found drunk behind the wheel of a vehicle own by McGhee. Miller was still in custody at the Placer County Jail when Roseville investigators arrested him for McGhee’s murder. McGhee’s body was discovered after family members tried contacting him but got no response. Police were contacted in late afternoon and asked to do a welfare check. Officers discovered McGhee’s body and quickly sealed off the house in the 500 block of Farridge Drive. “The moment Mr. McGhee’s body was discovered, the house became a crime scene,” said Lt. Michael Doane during an April 19 news conference. “We (the Roseville Police Department) felt it was necessary to be very thorough and precise in our investigation. We requested a search warrant and waited.” Later that day, the warrant was issued and crime scene investigators arrived at McGhee’s house, starting their investigation. DeFreece said that during the investigation, detectives believed that the suspect attempted to clean up the crime scene. “There were some indications that he tried to clean up before leaving,” he said. “It also appeared that the suspect had been staying at the McGhee home for a month.” DeFreece said he could not comment on any other details of the case. Art Campos, public information officer for the district attorney’s office, said the McGhee murder case is now going through judicial procedure. He declined further comment. Brad Miller’s next court appearance is set for May 11. ~ Brad Smith