A teenager charged with killing his mother in May 2009 was released on a $100,000 bond Monday after two and a half years in custody.
Codey Wayne Miller, 19, is charged with first-degree murder, felony murder and abuse of a corpse in the May 9, 2009, death of his mother, 36-year-old Sherry Cooper.
She was found stuffed in a large trash can with a blanket thrown over her. Family members began looking for Cooper after being unable to reach her by phone. Cooper’s former boyfriend, Tony Hyder, and her brother found her.
Cooper had been strangled to death and Miller later confessed to killing her and then having sex with her body.
That confession was thrown out last week after Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp decided it was coerced by police investigators.
Without the statement, prosecutors have not said how they will proceed with the case.
After that ruling, defense attorneys asked for Cupp to set a bond for Miller. He had been held without bond until Monday.
Initially Cupp said Miller’s family would have to post a $25,000 corporate bond through a bondsman and a $75,000 property bond. Later, Cupp agreed to let Miller’s family post the entire bond through a bonding company. That would mean they must pay $10,000, which is not refundable, to the bondsman.
Miller’s codefendant, Christopher Johnson, remains jailed on the same charges. Miller targeted him as the possible killer when police interviewed him and he was charged after police found him driving Cooper’s car. Johnson remains jailed on a $5,000 bond. Miller was in the process of being released late Monday afternoon.