Prosecutors Will Not Seek Death Penalty in Kalispell Double Murder

By Beacon Staff

The Flathead County Attorney’s Office will not seek the death penalty for admitted double murderer Tyler Miller of Kalispell.

Prosecutors filed paperwork last week to withdraw their intent to seek capital punishment in Miller’s case. In December, Miller, 35, admitted to shooting his former girlfriend Jaimi Hurlbert, 35, and her daughter, Alyssa Burkett, 15, on Christmas Day, 2010.

Flathead County Ed Corrigan filed his intent to seek the death penalty last March, the first time his office has done so since 1983.

Miller initially pleaded not guilty to the two counts of deliberate homicide against him, but changed his plea last month. At the time, his attorneys were trying to suppress Miller’s alleged initial confessions to investigators because he was high on methamphetamine at the time of the murders. During his change of plea hearing, Miller said he was pleading guilty on his own accord.

There is a hearing in his case scheduled for Feb. 10 in front of District Court Judge Stewart Stadler.

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