Testimony began Wednesday morning in the capital murder trial of Kevin McMiller, who is accused of stabbing a woman to death in 2012, then kidnapping and raping a teenager.
Shirley Owney, 39, was stabbed inside her apartment on March 23, 2012, and pronounced dead at the scene.
In testimony Wednesday morning, Pine Bluff Fire and Emergency Services Firefighter Brody Channell testified that he and Capt. Earnest Stacy went inside the apartment after an upstairs neighbor heard a fire alarm, then extinguished a small fire on the stove before seeing Owney’s body on the floor.
Channell also testified that he saw blood drops on the ground outside the apartment, and after following them to the street, told police who were also on the scene.
Former Crime Scene Technician April Davis testified that she followed the trial of blood from the apartment at 2121 S. Poplar St. until it ended at the door of an abandoned house at 1006 W. 21st Ave., where police found McMiller and the minor, who was 16 at the time.
Chief Deputy Prosecutor Wayne Juneau said in his opening statement that the girl had been sexually assaulted several times and McMiller had a knife at her throat when the police found them.
After officers talked to McMiller for a period of time, he laid down the knife and was taken into custody.
The state is not seeking the death penalty and, if McMiller is convicted of capital murder, he would be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Testimony is ongoing this afternoon and is expected to continue Thursday at the Jefferson County Courthouse.