Chick-fil-A murder case: Jury finds Jesse Miller not guilty

'They had the wrong guy,' defendant says

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Jesse Miller walked out of the Palm Beach County Courthouse a free man Monday evening.

This after he was found not guilty of murdering 18-year-old Nicholas Megrath at the Chick-Fil-A at the Palm Beach Mall in 1999.

"This trial did not compare to the last two. This trial was totally different," Miller said.

Miller was convicted of the murder in 2003, but the conviction was later overturned.

"I am free. They had the wrong guy. I don't know what I can say to the Megrath family. There is nothing that is going to bring their son back. I don't know the words to say to them," Miller said.

Megrath's family left the courthouse in tears and did not answer questions.

It took the jury just under three hours to find Miller not guilty.

Prosecutors would not comment after the trial.

Much of the case relied on DNA evidence and handwriting samples.

The victim, Nicholas Megrath, was tied up at the Chick-fil-A restaurant in 1999 and killed execution style during a robbery, according to detectives.

"I feel like the cloud has lifted," Miller said.

 

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