OSCEOLA — Teresa Miller's family felt mixed emotions after Michael Jamey Miller was found guilty of first degree murder in her death.
"I'm glad it's over," Teresa's daughter, Shawna Mendenhall said. "It's bittersweet, because while we want to celebrate the verdict, it would be like celebrating Mom's death."
"It's a big weight off our shoulders," another daughter, Brandi Mendenhall said.
Michael Miller, 43, had his trial moved due to the publicity of the trial of his co-conspirator, Terry Tobias Cobbins, Jr. Cobbins was also found guilty.
"I'm thankful for all of the law enforcement," Bill Mendenhall, Teresa's son, said. Officers with the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Iowa and Wisconsin Divisions of Criminal Investigation and the US Marshals each played a role in bringing Teresa's killers to justice. They also wanted to thank the victim advocates who helped the family through this ordeal.
Bill, as well as his sisters, added that while they got the desired verdict, there were no real winners in the case. Teresa Miller is still dead. Members of Michael Miller's family, those to whom they became close during Michael and Teresa's 15 years together, will have to live with this for the rest of their lives as well. The family specified Michael Miller's son, their stepbrother, as someone they checked on following the verdict. He had nothing to do with the crime and they wanted him to realize that.
Patricia Dailey, Teresa Miller's sister, also thanked the victim's advocates, law enforcement and prosecutors Ed Bull and Andy Prosser. She said they made her proud to live in Iowa. Whenever these people met with Teresa Miller's family, they acted as though they knew Teresa.