Woman fatally shot in home invasion

Published July 22, 2006

THE VILLAGES - A woman was fatally shot and her husband was wounded in a home invasion Friday in this retirement community that extends through three Central Florida counties, authorities said.

The three men who attacked James and Dianna Miller in their home were acquaintances of their daughter, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

James Miller, 68, told deputies his daughter, Sheila, 39, welcomed the men into their home around 1:20 p.m. with an embrace, Capt. Jimmy Pogue said.

Miller left the room to take a shower, but one of the men soon followed him and ordered him into a back bedroom where he found his 63-year-old wife shot on the floor. Miller was then shot and wounded in the ear, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The men left with Sheila Miller in the couple's minivan, deputies said. It was not immediately known whether she was abducted or went willingly.

Deputies later saw the van north of McIntosh, about 35 miles away, and gave chase. One of the men was caught around 5 p.m. in Lowell after the van flipped and rolled several times, and deputies chased down the other two who had fled on foot.

Sheila Miller was not hurt in the crash, deputies said. She had been recovering from a car accident at the home of her parents, who were snowbirds from Northville, Mich., neighbors said.

Dianna Miller died at Villages Regional Hospital, where James Miller was hospitalized in stable condition, deputies said.

Renaldo Devone McGirth, 18, Theodore Clifford Huston, 17, and a third man who refused to give his name were being questioned by investigators late Friday.