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Sarasota murder suspect found at friend's Seffner home

Reilies Wayne Miller, 23, is charged with murdering 17-year-old Joseph Hickey, whose body was found abandoned in Sarasota on Friday morning.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office

Reilies Wayne Miller, 23, is charged with murdering 17-year-old Joseph Hickey, whose body was found abandoned in Sarasota on Friday morning.

SEFFNER — Hillsborough detectives helped find and arrest a Sarasota man wanted on a murder charge at a friend's Seffner home Wednesday.

Reilies Wayne Miller, 23, is accused of shooting and killing 17-year-old Joseph Hickey, whose body was found in an abandoned, stolen van at a vacant lot on Hollywood Boulevard in Sarasota on Friday morning, according to the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives said on the previous night Hickey contacted Miller to buy prescription pain killers. They made plans to meet early Friday morning, and Hickey left with $800 cash and his cell phone, according to the arrest warrant.

After Hickey was found dead without the cash and phone, his phone records were subpoenaed. Detectives determined that the last call he made was to Miller.

A witness told detectives that Miller admitted to bringing a gun to the drug transaction, getting into a physical fight with Hickey and finally shooting him.

Detectives obtained Miller's arrest warrant on Wednesday and learned that he may have been staying at a friend's home on Bogdonoff Drive in Seffner.

When Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies arrived at the home, Miller ran away, but later returned at about 11:20 p.m., deputies said.

Miller was taken to the Hillsborough County jail on a charge of second-degree murder with a firearm.

He was arrested once before in Hillsborough in January on charges of drug possession and driving with a suspended license.

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Sarasota murder suspect found at friend's Seffner home 04/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 22, 2010 1:51pm]
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