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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.

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.

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