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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to Lincoln teen accused of killing stepfather, half-brother?

Q: What happened to the half-brother of Steven Miller, who was accused of killing Steven and his father in Lincoln? Was he ever arrested or out in a hospital?

Nicole, Lincoln

A: A Placer County jury, in March 2000, found Michael Anthony Southerland not guilty of double murder charges in the shooting deaths of his stepfather and half-brother.

According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Southerland originally confessed to the Nov. 19, 1996, shotgun slayings of William A. Miller III, 49, and Steven Miller, 11, at the family’s mobile home near Lincoln. But Southerland, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, recanted during the trial, naming his mother, Dianna Miller, as the shooter. He said he initially confessed to the killings because he loved his mother and didn’t want her to go to prison.

The not-guilty verdict came at the close of a retrial. During the first trial, the jury deadlocked 9-3 for conviction.

At the close of the second trial,the prosecutor said there was no evidence to indicate that Dianna Miller was responsible for the shootings and no charges would be filed against her.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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