SANTA CRUZ -- A 34-year-old man is headed toward trial on charges of murder, attempted murder, robbery and burglary stemming from a fatal shooting in Watsonville on July 25.
At the end of a preliminary hearing Friday, Judge Ariadne Symons ordered Michael Neal Miller to stand trial for the shooting death of Dominic Mower, who was killed in the early morning hours of July 25 inside a building on Prospect Street in Watsonville. Miller also faces an attempted murder charge for shooting a 22-year-old woman who was with Mower at the time. She survived her injuries and later picked Miller out of a photo lineup.
Contrary to previous reports, the two victims were not romantically involved, family members said.
Friends of Miller testified that he had spoken to them about being angry with Mower over a large amount of gold the two had apparently stolen together. Miller didn't feel he had gotten his fair share and was angry about it, witnesses testified.
During the preliminary hearing, prosecutor Johanna Schonfield played a recorded phone call Miller made to his mother from the County Jail after his arrest. In the call, Miller tells his mother he committed the crime, while she pleads with him to stop lying and accuses him of covering for someone else.
A friend of both Miller and Mower, Sabrina Roesner, also testified that Miller had told her he was going to shoot and kill Mower.
Miller is scheduled for a second arraignment on Nov. 28.