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April Tinsley's accused killer requests change of venue

John Miller is accused of abducting April Tinsley from her neighborhood back in 1988.

Posted: Oct 5, 2018 1:28 PM
Updated: Oct 8, 2018 6:42 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- John Miller, the man accused of the rape and murder of  8-year-old April Tinsley 30 years ago requested a change of venue this week for his February trial. 

Miller filed the motion Thursday in Allen County and appeared in court Friday morning for a status conference. Judge Surbeck will rule on the change of venue request on December 7. 

Right now it's not clear why Miller made the request, but attorneys have to file their reasons by November 21.

 Miller is accused of abducting April Tinsley from her neighborhood back in 1988. Her body was found three days later in a Spencerville ditch. 

DNA found in Miller's trash was matched to the DNA found in April's underwear. It also matched DNA left in used condoms at various locations over the last 30 years. 

He faces up to 100 years in prison if he's convicted. 

Miller's trial is set for February 11-22. 

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