The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

January 12, 2013

Miller returned to city in connection with shooting


DANVILLE — A man accused in a December fatal shooting was returned to Vermilion County on Friday.

U.S. Marshals took Derrick Miller, 33, of Danville, into custody on Jan. 3 in the Kansas City, Mo., area on a warrant charging him with murder in connection with the death of Scottie Polk.

Miller was booked at the Public Safety Building jail in Danville around 7 p.m. Friday after being returned to the city by a prisoner transportation service used by the Vermilion County Sheriff’s Department. He was booked on the murder charges as well as a warrant charging him with failure to appear in court in a misdemeanor case.

He is being held without bond on the murder charge. With his Friday night return, Miller could make his first appearance in court as early as Monday afternoon.

Miller is wanted on four counts of first-degree murder and one count of aggravated battery with a firearm in connection with the Dec. 9 shooting of 19-year-old Polk, who died of multiple gunshot wounds.

According to the state’s attorney’s office, the homicide was the result of a dispute between the men, who knew each other.

A man was walking around 5:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the area of Lape Street and Fairweight Avenue when he heard a person groaning and discovered Polk lying in the street. Polk was taken to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center where he died a short time later.

The murder charges carry with them a maximum of 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections and a minimum of 45 years, if convicted.