Charges: Antiques dealer injected drugs into woman and watched her die

The 24-year-old woman was found dead in the basement of the southern Minnesota antiques shop.
Publish date:

A southern Minnesota man is facing murder and manslaughter charges after a woman died of a drug overdose in the basement of his antiques store.  

Mariah Lynn Miller, 24, was found dead in the basement of Bullseye Antiques in Truman, Minnesota on Aug. 19.

She died of a methamphetamine overdose, and a criminal complaint against 51-year-old Troy Michael Meeker, of Truman, alleges that he injected her with the drug and held her as she died in his arms. 

The complaint states that Meeker confessed to Miller's death in a text sent to his mother on Facebook messenger: "They'll arrest me for 3rd degree murder," he wrote. 

Meeker added: "A 50 year old many time felon with drug records shot up a 24 year old girl with a got dose, watched her die, and left her dead." 

The charging documents say Meeker called police at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 19 reporting Miller's death. Miller had been staying with Meeker for about 10 days at the time of her death, and arriving deputies talked to Meeker, who said Miller had been "acting weird." 

Cleaning materials, large amounts of washed clothing and an orange hypodermic needle cover located near the location of Miller's body were found in the antique store, which Meeker lived out of. 

On Aug. 18, a witness informed investigators that Meeker told her Miller was dead and he would need to chop up a body. Two other witnesses at the aforementioned witness's home told police that Meeker said he held Miller while she died, telling her that there was nothing he could do for her and he wasn't going to be arrested. 

The witness recorded a conversation with Meeker on Aug. 30, capturing Meeker saying he held Miller while she died and then removed drugs from his home. 

Meeker has been charged in Martin County with third-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and interference with a dead body/scene of a death. 

Another man, Dominic T. Williams, 26, of Welcome, Minnesota, has been charged as an accomplice in Miller's death.

Next Up

Adam Thielen

Report: Still on COVID-19 list, Thielen not expected to play Sunday

Thielen was placed on the COVID-19/Reserve list on Monday.

Image from iOS (19)

Mask-wearing, distancing a common sight on MOA's Black Friday

Thousands of shoppers were out and about on Black Friday despite the COVID-19 situation.

Tim Walz

Gov. Tim Walz, MDH react to record-setting COVID-19 deaths

Minnesota can expect further bad news over the coming weeks.

covid-19, coronavirus

Record 101 COVID-19 deaths reported in Minnesota

The figures are from Wednesday, with no update provided on Thanksgiving.

Screen Shot 2020-11-27 at 9.29.12 AM

Target reveals its 'Cyber Week' online deals

The sales will run from Nov. 29 to Dec. 5.

Minneapolis police

Mayor Frey, Minneapolis police chief reveal new 'no-knock' policy

The new policy for Minneapolis Police Department was announced Wednesday.

Teddy Bridgewater

Coller: It's a what-if Sunday with Teddy Bridgewater's return

Matthew Coller writes a weekly Vikings column for BMTN, with more of his work found at Purple Insider.

Ambulance hospital emergency

15-month-old girl's death being investigated by police in Fargo

The child died four days after being found unresponsive.

PD Shimmers closeup

Man with Parkinson's lights up Plymouth with synchronized light show

"The best medicine I have for my disease is what I try to do with the light show," Mike Justak said.


Charges: Man's wife died during 'death party'

The 58-year-old man removed his wife from a nursing home against expert advice.


Charges: Cold Spring woman gave neighbor drugs that killed her

The 30-year-old woman is accused of giving her neighbor methadone and amphetamines, which killed her.

Taran Miller, TanyaMarie Miller

Charges: Man shot teen in the head during drug deal outside Savage Target

A 16-year-old Burnsville boy was shot in the head and killed.

Gennie Marie Kingbird

Charges: Minnesota man beat his wife, left her dying in the snow

The woman was found face down in the snow and died at a hospital.

Sheldon Thompson

Minnesota man charged with killing pregnant woman and her son

The woman was 13 weeks pregnant, according to a medical examiner's report.

Elizabeth Lynch

Hector woman charged in shooting death of her boyfriend

The 42-year-old victim was shot dead on March 26.

Woman dies in crash with semi in southern Minnesota

The crash happened in Windom Township in southern Minnesota.