Charges: Winona man bludgeoned friend to death, set fire to his home

The 32-year-old used a hammer to killed his friend.
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A man has been charged with murdering his friend in Winona, before setting his house on fire.

Steven E. Miller, 32, has been charged in connection with the March death of David Seaman, 55, who was found following a house fire at a duplex on 8th Street in Winona.

Miller had been in custody since the day after the fire, charged with residential burglary and indecent exposure, but has now been charged with 2nd-degree murder after autopsy revealed Seaman had died before the fire began, suffering multiple facial and skull fractures.

A criminal complaint against Miller said that the day before the fire, the 32-year-old was seen on surveillance video at a Walmart in Winona buying a camp stove fuel that was later found in Seaman's house after the fire.

At the time of the attack, Seaman said he was high on meth and mushrooms, and said Seaman disapproved of him being high. Miller said he was "pretty sure" he hit him with a hammer as they yelled at each other.

Miller had little recollection of the events leading up to Seaman's death and the fire, saying he may have been staying at the house for up to a week.

"He was a good person," Miller told police, saying he wasn't angry with Seaman, who was his friend and with whom he used to live. "It was a rage-induced drug coma ... but I don't understand it myself, why," he said.

He later told police that there were two other people in the house at the time of the attack, though they aren't identified in the criminal charges.

Miller has been charged with 2nd-degree murder and 1st-degree arson. 

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