Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THE PROSECUTOR; She Still Has Hope, but Too Many Questions for Charges

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

THE PROSECUTOR; She Still Has Hope, but Too Many Questions for Charges

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Byline: Jim Schoettler, The Times-Union

Prosecutor Angela Corey remembers Lonnie Miller's unsolved slaying every time she turns to her computer. There are files labeled active, inactive, general and Lonnie.

"Lonnie's case is one that doesn't stray far from my mind," said Corey, a friend and admirer of the slain detective. "It's one I'll always hope we'll solve."

Corey said she remembers a series of sometimes heated meetings between police and prosecutors over whom to charge. Her role: To determine whether she could convince a jury to convict someone beyond a reasonable doubt.

Corey said having more than a dozen suspects, scores of witnesses and conflicting police investigations would be exploited by any defense attorney. Failing to have any physical evidence -- such as the gun -- added to the problems.

Among the most promising suspects to Corey was Pressley Alston, who confessed and gave details of the crime scene. But as she heard Alston's story change, she questioned whether he could have been at the scene. …

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