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April Tinsley's accused killer pleads guilty

John Miller who is accused of killing April Tinsley 30 years ago pleaded guilty in court Friday.

Posted: Dec 7, 2018 11:59 AM
Updated: Dec 7, 2018 10:51 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- John D. Miller who is accused of killing 8-year-old April Tinsley 30 years ago pleaded guilty in court Friday morning.

Miller pleaded guilty to murder and child molesting during a change of venue hearing at Allen Superior Court. 

He was arrested in July 2018 after DNA testing lead police to his trailer. Used condoms found in Miller's trash were matched to used condoms found over the last 30 years, and DNA found in April Tinsley's underwear back in 1988.

April was taken from her Williams Street neighborhood in Fort Wayne while walking home from a friend's house in April of 1988. Her body was found in a Spencerville ditch. 

Miller told police in July he killed April in about 10 minutes after sexually assaulting her. 

Neighbors told FOX 55 Friday Miller is finally going to get the punishment he deserves. Others said they saw a plea agreement coming, but are looking forward to the sentencing. 

Miller's jury trial was set for February 11th through the 22nd in Allen County. Now, he's scheduled for a sentencing hearing December 31. 

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