This booking photo released by the Fort Wayne, Ind., Police Department shows John D. Miller, arrested Sunday, July 15, 2018, who arrested on preliminary murder, child molesting and criminal confinement charges in April Marie Tinsley's slaying. The Fort Wayne girl's body was found in a ditch three days after her April 1988 abduction about 20 miles away. (Fort Wayne Police/The Journal-Gazette via AP)

Mom of Indiana girl killed in '88 hopes defendant gets death

July 18, 2018 - 2:08 pm

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — The mother of an 8-year-old Indiana girl who was raped and killed in 1988 wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty against the man accused of the crimes.

Prosecutors on Tuesday declined to discuss whether they'll seek the death penalty for 59-year-old John Miller in the killing of April Tinsley. But the girl's mother, Janet Tinsley, told the Journal Gazette that she wants to be present if Miller is put to death.

Indiana hasn't executed anyone since 2009.

Miller was arrested Sunday on preliminary charges of murder, child molestation and criminal confinement in the killing of April. He's due to be arraigned Thursday and jail records didn't indicate if he had a lawyer as of Wednesday.

The Fort Wayne girl's body was found in a ditch three days after her abduction. Authorities say Miller's DNA matches DNA recovered from the child's underwear.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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