RACINE — A Milwaukee woman whose remains were found in Yorkville last month was reportedly driven to the wooded area by her estranged boyfriend, Sammie Miller, and then shot.
Miller, 28, of Milwaukee, was charged Tuesday in Racine County Circuit Court with first-degree intentional homicide, hiding a corpse and possession of a firearm by a felon in connection with the crime.
Police say he killed Audrey Scott in the early morning hours of July 4. Miller was incarcerated from April 2009 through May 2016 after he pleaded guilty to felony murder-armed robbery, and also was incarcerated three separate times in 2017.
The shooting allegedly occurred the morning after Miller spotted Scott dancing in a downtown Milwaukee tavern. A female relative who was dancing with Scott at the bar said Miller become upset because Scott was dancing with another man.
Miller and the relative got into a physical altercation, she said, and were ejected from the bar. That was the last time Scott, a mother of two, was seen alive.
During an initial court appearance Tuesday, Racine County Circuit Court Commissioner Alice Rudebusch found probable cause to pursue charges against Miller, setting his bond at $500,000 and ordering that Miller have no contact with Scott’s family.
The state had requested that Miller’s bond be set at $1 million.
“I will note the disturbing nature of the underlying offenses, including the fact that, based on witness testimony, the defendant drove the victim in this case to a secluded area … and pulled the trigger, causing her death,” Assistant Racine County District Attorney Lucas P. Bennewitz said.
Beaten and shot
Detectives were reportedly led to the body by a male friend of Miller’s who claimed he was with the defendant the night of the homicide.
According to the criminal complaint, the friend told investigators that Miller had arrived at his home at about 4 a.m. on the day of the shooting in a white GMC Yukon that the defendant had reportedly borrowed from a relative whom he had been living with. When he pulled up, the friend reportedly saw Scott in the passenger seat. She was badly beaten, the complaint states.
The friend told law enforcement that Miller got onto Interstate 94 heading south, eventually pulling over at a secluded location near Apple Holler restaurant. Miller then parked the car and took Scott into the woods. That’s when the friend heard a gunshot, the complaint states.
The friend reportedly asked Miller why he “did it” and Miller allegedly said that he “did not want to go back to prison.”
That same friend later led detectives to the spot where Scott was found, the complaint states, where detectives reportedly found Scott’s skeletal remains, inside of the white No. 12 Green Bay Packers jersey she was wearing when she was last seen. Detectives also found her photo I.D., the complaint states.
Brian Linert, an assistant medical examiner in Milwaukee County, located a possible gunshot wound to the chest on Scott’s remains, according to the complaint.
The criminal complaint also details conversations investigators reportedly had with the relative who owns the white SUV. She said a friend of the defendant came to her house the night of the shooting to take two of Miller’s guns. She also reportedly told investigators that she washed and then burned a pair of bloody shoes belonging to Miller after hearing rumors that Miller had shot Scott. Police later recovered what appeared to be burnt shoe remnants in a fire pit, the complaint states.
Police also reportedly spoke with a woman, described as a “friend and intimate partner” of Miller’s, who said she dropped Miller off at his relative’s house at 8:06 p.m. on July 3, and did not hear from him again until the next morning at 10:37 a.m. despite numerous attempts to contact him throughout the intervening hours.
Miller faces life in prison if convicted on the charges.
His preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Sept. 21.