Fitzpatrick: Someone has been arrested for the murder of Jim Miller and it hasn’t been reported

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by Sharon Rondeau

Is the Monroe County Sheriff's Department holding a suspect in the murder of Jim Miller? If so, why wasn't the arrest announced publicly? Is an innocent person being framed?

(Nov. 19, 2010) — The following report came in from Walter Fitzpatrick this evening from the Monroe County detention facility:

This afternoon it has been reported to me that a woman named Jessica Powers was arrested in McMinn County for the murder of Jim Miller.  She’s here now.  This hasn’t been reported before.

Jessica Powers was arrested in September for the murder of Jim Miller.  She is a white female, 135 pounds; she has black hair, is about 27 years old, and she’s five feet, three inches high.  She was arrested in September and she was transported here to the Monroe County jail in October.  She is being held here now in isolation, which is solitary confinement.

The report that’s come to me is that the only evidence that exists is a statement of a man named Brandon Steele, who is her boyfriend.  Steele is also incarcerated here at the Monroe County jail.  There is no physical evidence that’s been reported to me, but if there is any evidence that’s physical, it was locked up in that property locker, and you know about the problems there.  Her arrest is not yet reported anywhere publicly.  This investigation is being kept very, very tight.  It’s being kept very, very secret.

She’s a 135-pound woman, and she’s the only one right now who stands accused of the Miller murder and has been arrested on this.  So the theory that the government believes that a 135-pound woman went and picked up Mr. Miller and put him in his trunk – it doesn’t work.

It’s based on the statement of a man named Brandon Steele who’s locked up here.  My speculation, and I am joined by others, is that she’s being set up to divert attention away from the real person whom Mr. Crawley can name, as I said yesterday with particularity and specificity.  He has rock-hard details about the person who did this.

So Jessica Powers is arrested for the murder of Jim Miller, and that’s not been reported anywhere.  This is huge, and it’s rock-solid.

MRS. RONDEAU: Have you seen Jessica Powers in the jail?


MRS. RONDEAU: And you know it’s she?


MRS. RONDEAU: Did you get to actually ask her why she was there?

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Let’s just stop there; the information that I’ve given you is rock-solid.  This investigation is being kept under wraps, and there’s too much secrecy.  That’s what it is.  The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department has no business being part of this investigation.  The FBI should be doing it.  The TBI, those guys…there’s something really wrong here about this.  This arrest should have been announced locally when it happened, and it wasn’t.  As I said, you have the first alert.  And people are looking at this case real hard, and all that the government is doing is being real secretive.

MRS. RONDEAU: When do you think she will be arraigned, or has she been arraigned?

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Well, that’s another thing.  Any court cases that have happened so far are being kept secret.   She’s being held here in isolation; she can’t talk to any other inmates; her arrest hasn’t been announced; all of this is being kept secret.  So now you have all the information that we know tonight, and people are going to be upset that this hasn’t been disclosed.

MRS. RONDEAU: Arrests are always announced, aren’t they?”

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Oh, yeah.  That should be a very public event, but it’s been kept very, very quiet.

MRS. RONDEAU: What’s the boyfriend being held for?

LCDR FITZPATRICK: Child molestation of an 11-year-old.  He could be used to set her up.

MRS. RONDEAU: She’s not the one you had told me about before when you said that somebody was bragging that they did it?

LCDR FITZPATRICK: No, this is different.  In fact, the report that I have received is that she maintains her innocence and that the only evidence against her is a report from Brandon Steele.

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