Man, 46, Charged in Va. Lawyer's Slaying

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By Tom Jackman and Tara Bahrampour
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, September 9, 2005

A 46-year-old man was arrested late Wednesday in the District and charged in Fairfax County with the murder of a former lawyer for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The body of Eric N. Miller, 45, was found in the trunk of a burning Ford Taurus in the 900 block of Third Street SE on Aug. 31. He had apparently been fatally beaten in the head, the D.C. medical examiner's office ruled.

D.C. police began a homicide investigation but turned the case over to Fairfax police when they "discovered some things that linked [the suspect] to Fairfax County," Fairfax police spokeswoman Mary Mulrenan said.

Mulrenan said detectives were able to determine the actual location of the homicide: a room at the Alexandria Motel, on Route 1 in the Alexandria area of the county. Police believe Miller was killed Aug. 29, two days before his body was found. Mulrenan declined to say how police identified where or when Miller was slain.

About 10 Wednesday night, D.C. police arrested Dana E. Moro, 46, who had no fixed address. By then, Mulrenan said, Fairfax police already had a warrant charging Moro with murder.

Police declined to discuss a motive for the killing, other than to say that Moro and Miller had an argument, Mulrenan said. Sources close to the investigation said the motive might have been related to drugs or debt.

Fairfax detectives traveled to the District and questioned Moro later Wednesday, Mulrenan said. D.C. police obtained charges of felony destruction of property and fugitive from justice, and Moro was being held in the D.C. jail yesterday pending extradition to Fairfax.

Miller lived in the 5600 block of Upland Woods Drive, just south of Alexandria in Fairfax County, with his wife and two sons. He grew up in Alexandria, the son of A. Melvin Miller, a former civil rights lawyer who later chaired the city's housing authority and school board.

Eric Miller graduated from St. Stephen's Episcopal school, Amherst College and Harvard Law School and worked for several Washington law firms before joining the SEC in 1999. He left the SEC in May for unknown reasons.

He was memorialized in a service Wednesday that filled the Zabriskie Chapel of Immanuel Church-on-the-Hill in Alexandria. The service was attended by Mayor Bill Euille, former city manager Vola Lawson and other longtime Alexandria residents.

Friends of the Miller family described them as "pillars of the community."

"She was so proud of him," said Ginger Primus, a 30-year colleague of his mother, EulaMiller, at Northern Virginia Community College, where Eula Miller runs the early childhood development program.

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