John Miller appears in Allen County circuit court

The man accused of raping and killing April Tinsley back in 1988 appeared in court in Allen County Thursday morning.

Posted: Jul 19, 2018 11:55 AM
Updated: Jul 20, 2018 11:45 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The man accused of raping and killing April Tinsley back in 1988 appeared in court in Allen County Thursday morning. 

John D. Miller, 59, of Grabill appeared alone in the circuit court and was read his charges. Miller is facing felony murder and child molestation charges. 

If convicted, Miller faces up to 100 years in prison. He's currently being held without bond. 

April Tinsley disappeared from  her neighborhood off Williams Street 30 years ago while walking to a friend's house. Her body was found in a ditch in Spencerville 3 days later. 

 On Sunday Miller admitted to raping and choking the 8-year-old, then dumping her body. 

The sidewalks of the court house are covered in chalk, calling for justice for the Tinsleys and no plea agreement for Miller. 

Miller will be back in court for a trial setting on August 3rd. 

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