April Tinsley's accused murderer appears in court for the first time

The person accused of killing April Tinsley appeared in court for the first time this morning.

Posted: Jul. 16, 2018 3:47 PM
Updated: Jul. 17, 2018 9:44 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- John Miller, 59, of Grabill, Indiana, sat on the stand Monday at Charles "Bud" Meeks Criminal Justice Center as Prosecutor Karen Richards asked him was he aware of everything in the affidavit which he admitted he did. While it became emotional for the family, Miller seemed very calm.

"A bunch is going through my mind. It's overwhelming. I really don't know what to say, but it was very emotional,"Teresa Tinsley said.

Teresa Tinsley is April Tinsley's aunt.

Her phone started ringing off the hook with calls about Miller's arrest on Sunday.

"It took me until probably eight o'clock last night to think wow... we really did get him,"she said.

She said it's been a long time coming, and some of the family is still in shock. Some of them in disbelief, but glad this day came.

Some family and friends showed up wearing t-shirts in April's memory.

"It was a long time. Everybody is blaming our justice system. Which I don't. She's not the only case, but it took 30 years. So what.  We got him. That's all that matters right now,"she added.

Her message to other families who are grieving and going through the court process: "Never give up. It took 30 years for this. It may take 40 years for yours, but don't give up."

The court did find probable cause. A judge gave Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards until July 19th to investigate and file charges.

Miller is being held without bond.

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