LAYTON — One of the men charged as part of an investigation into a fatal shooting inside a Layton trailer home last year, now faces new charges of killing his cat.
Devon Allan Miller, 22, of Layton, was charged Monday in 2nd District Court with torture of a companion animal, a third-degree felony, two counts of drug possession, a class A misdemeanor, and two counts of assault, a class B misdemeanor.
The incident happened on Sept. 23, 2017, when police were called to Miller's residence on a report that he was "acting violently and had killed his cat," according to charging documents. Officers found two other people trying to restrain Miller. Miller then bit both of those people, the charges state.
Miller was taken to a hospital where investigators learned he had allegedly "consumed an unknown amount of LSD." When he "eventually became coherent enough for an interview," Miller admitted to punching, strangling and slamming his cat against a wall, according to charging documents.
Court documents do not say if Miller was charged in 2017 or why charges are being filed now.
More recently, Miller was charged with felony drug- and weapons-related crimes and obstructing justice.
On Sept. 27, Anthony Child, 26, was shot in a trailer at the Lakeview Estates, 2600 N. Hill Field Road in Layton. But rather than go to a local hospital, he made his friends drive him to a hospital in Preston, Idaho, allegedly to hide the marijuana and psychedelic mushroom growing operation in the trailer, according to police.
Child died shortly after arriving at the hospital. Police say he had been shot twice in the back after a gunman fired 13 rounds from a rifle.
Several people have been charged in connection with the shooting, including Angel Christopher Abreu, 22, of Ogden, who is charged with aggravated murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and obstructing justice.Comment on this story
Brandon Martin Hinojosa, 16, was charged as an adult with murder, aggravated burglary, aggravated kidnapping and obstructing justice.
When police searched the trailer, they found a psychedelic mushroom growing operation in Miller's bedroom, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, and a .22-caliber rifle, according to charging documents. He is also accused of helping to clean up blood and shell casings from the shooting before police arrived.
On March 19, a warrant was issued for Miller's arrest for failing to show up for a scheduled court hearing in that case.