Man who killed his mother cleared to live in community


An Annapolis man who killed his mother more than 25 years ago and was found not guilty by reason of insanity got a three-year extension yesterday of his authorization to live on his own, according to the State's Attorney's office.

Anne Arundel Circuit Judge Clayton Greene Jr. said Jeffrey S. Miller, who shot his mother to death with a .22-caliber rifle, can return to the community when doctors feel he is ready to leave Crownsville Hospital Center.

Ruth B. Miller, 48, a clerical worker at the U.S. Naval Academy, was shot in the abdomen and chest as she slept in her Spa Cove apartment Oct. 18, 1971.

Jeffrey Miller, then 23, was committed in September 1972 to Clifton T. Perkins State Hospital in Jessup for psychiatric evaluation.

Miller was at Crownsville until 1992, when doctors said they felt he could be released. Miller remained free without incident, but in June 1996 he voluntarily re-entered the hospital. He is still a patient there, the state's attorney's office said.

Pub Date: 2/27/97

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