Man sought in shooting of woman surrenders

Victim was 7 months' pregnant with his child

June 13, 2007|By Julie Scharper and Nick Shields | Julie Scharper and Nick Shields,sun reporters

A man sought by police for killing his pregnant girlfriend and wounding another woman as they sat in a car on a Hillendale area shopping center parking lot Monday morning surrendered last night, police said.

Police said David Lee Miller, 24, of the 1200 block of Halstead Road in Hillendale surrendered to police at the Towson precinct and was immediately taken to police headquarters, where he was interviewed by detectives.

From headquarters, Miller was taken before a District Court commissioner in Towson and was denied bail. He was then remanded to the county Detention Center, police said.

Miller is accused of killing Elizabeth Walters, police said.

Walters did not let her pregnancy slow her down while waiting tables at a popular Baltimore pub, friends say. She kept child-rearing books behind the bar and was looking forward to her baby shower next week.

But police say the father of her unborn child killed her two months before she was due to give birth. Miller is accused of driving to a Baltimore County shopping center and shooting the 24-year-old as she sat in a car with a friend.

"She would have been the greatest mom in the entire world," said Athena Cymrot, a friend of Walters'. "She loved that baby more than anything in the entire world."

Police said Miller is charged in a warrant with first-degree murder. Miller, who, according to police, is married to another woman, is also charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Walters' friend, Heather Joy Lowe.

Lowe, also 24, was in serious condition last night at Maryland Shock Trauma Center, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The two women were sitting in a Dodge Stratus on the parking lot of the Parkway Crossing shopping center, on Perring Parkway just outside the city line, about 10:20 a.m. Monday when they were shot. Before Lowe was flown to Shock Trauma, she told police that Miller was the gunman, police said yesterday.

Several cell phone calls were made between the gunman and the victim of the fatal shooting about 45 minutes before the incident, police said yesterday.

Surveillance videos from the shopping center captured a black Cadillac pulling up next to the victims' car on the lot, police said. A person was seen getting out of the Cadillac and into the Stratus. After about two minutes, the person got out of the Stratus, and the Cadillac drove off. The video then shows people running toward the Stratus.

Detectives learned that Miller's wife owns a black 2000 Cadillac, police said yesterday

Walters, who went by the name Liz, lived in the 2400 block of N. Calvert St. She was a warm, friendly waitress at the Charles Village Pub, friends said.

"She loved living in the city, and she loved working there," said her mother, Vivian Walters.

On Monday evening, the pub was closed, and employees and a few regular customers sat inside and mourned Walters. A small bouquet of flowers was affixed to the bar's door. Other employees sat outside, crying and talking quietly.

Yesterday, friends recalled a caring young woman who would clip the fingernails of an elderly, arthritic man who visited the bar. She drew silly pictures on the pub's chalkboard menu and would slide in the booth next to her customers for long chats.

"Liz could listen forever," said Cymrot, 28, a friend from the neighborhood. "I used to tell her she should be a psychiatrist."

One customer, aware of the waitress' sweet tooth, brought her doughnuts every Friday, the friend recalled.

Walters was eagerly anticipating the birth of her child, a girl, in August. She had chosen a name months ago and she talked about her baby constantly, friends said.

"She was taking very good care of herself and the baby," her mother said.

Walters always seemed to have her nose in a book, and she particularly liked science fiction and fantasy, friends said.

"I would always ask her what she was reading, and she would start talking about a magical kingdom," Cymrot said.

Some of the books that she had recently been reading, including Understanding Children, were still behind the bar at the pub.

A 2001 graduate of Catholic High School, Walters spent her childhood in Hamilton with her parents and four younger siblings. The family now lives in Rosedale.

She earned an associate's degree at the Community College of Baltimore County's Essex campus, and had told friends that she wanted to go back to school after the baby was born.

Walters and Lowe had been friends since high school, Walters' mother said.

Friends and family refused to speak in detail about Walters' relationship with Miller.

"I don't know how involved they were," her mother said, adding that her daughter never mentioned being afraid of him. "She didn't know he was married."

Miller married in March 2005, according to court papers. In September, his wife filed for divorce, citing as grounds only a voluntary separation that had begun in August 2005. Both signed a motion to dismiss the case a week after it was filed, according to court documents. The two did not have children, according to court papers.

The night before she was shot, Walters had attended a barbecue at Lowe's home, Cymrot said. She said she brought Walters to the cookout and later dropped her off at her home and told her that she would see her tomorrow.

"She was full of life," Cymrot said, crying at a Charles Village coffee shop. "She was nice to everybody. People that you wouldn't have looked twice at, she was always kind to."

julie.scharper@baltsun.com nicholas.shields@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Richard Irwin contributed to this article.

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