Man Convicted of Trying to Kill Wife by Tampering With Car
CLEVELAND– A Cuyahoga County jury has found a 74-year-old Richmond Heights pharmacist guilty of trying to kill his wife by tampering with her vehicle.
Prosecutors claim Ronald Miller wanted his wife dead to avoid a costly divorce.
It was in February of 2013, Rhoda Miller, 65, lost control of her 2004 Honda Civic, striking two columns before smashing through the front window of the Nail Expo on Wilson Mills Road in Richmond Heights.
At the scene, Miller told responding officers that she felt her car accelerating and couldn’t get it to stop.
Investigators would later discover it was her husband who forced a wooden shim into the throttle mechanism of her car.
During his trial, Miller testified the wood shim accidentally became lodged in his wife’s engine after he unsuccessfully tried to change a windshield wiper blade.
Miller was convicted on three counts of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder and felonious assault.
In addition, he pleaded no contest and was found guilty on a fourth count of violating a protection order.
Miller will be sentenced on March 10.
His wife has filed for divorce.