An emotion-charged hour of questioning Wednesday culminated in a dramatic and previously unheard admission by capital-murder defendant James Aaron Miller.
The 32-year-old not only agreed with the prosecutor that he killed his girlfriend and her two children in December 2006, but also described specifically how he killed the woman’s young son.
Miller faces the death penalty in the slayings of Bridgette Barr, 28, Sydney Barr, 5, and Garrett Barr, 2, whose decomposing bodies were discovered in Barr’s South 28th Street apartment during a welfare check Dec. 26, 2006.
According to earlier testimony in the trial, which began Monday, Barr was strangled to death Dec. 22; daughter Sydney died possibly a day later of stab wounds inflicted after she was smothered and lost consciousness; son Garrett was suffocated and apparently placed in a hot kitchen oven after he died, making a time of death impossible to estimate. Police found Barr and her daughter wrapped in a comforter on the floor of the master bedroom; the boy was found covered by a sheet in the master bathtub.