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Officer Michael Nealey appears in court for the murder of Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller

Posted: 8:51 PM, Nov 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-12-05 22:18:32-05

UPDATE: Nealey’s plea deal is now scheduled for Feb. 12, 2020, according to the Escambia County Clerk of Court.

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Michael Patrick Nealey appeared in court for the first time today since being arrested for killing his boss, Mannford Police Chief Lucky Miller in a hotel room in Pensacola Florida late Sunday night.

According to Escambia County Court documents, Nealey has been charged with second-degree murder of Lucky Miller. Nealey's next court date is set for Dec. 5 at 8:30 a.m.

The Criminal Division of the Escambia County Clerk of Court told 2 Works for You that Nealey's bond is set at $1.5 million.

The Escambia County Sheriff's Department arrest report says sheriff's deputies were called out to the Hilton Hotel at 12 Via DeLuna Drive in Pensacola Beach, Florida at 9:50 p.m. Sunday night.

Witnesses told police that they heard someone in the room that Nealey and Miller were in, laughing, yelling, and making other loud noises that night.

Other witnesses told deputies that they heard someone in the room that Nealey and Miller were in, make a "roaring noise," and a voice yelling "Stop it, Mike" multiple times. Witnesses told deputies that the sounds they heard grew loud then quieter before stopping all together.

When deputies opened the hotel room door that Nealey and Miller were in, the deputies found Miller on the ground with his face beaten with his right eye completely swollen and Nealey sitting on top of him.

After deputies pulled Nealey off of Miller, they found Miller had no pulse.

Nealey was taken to Sacred Heart Hospital and treated for injuries to his nose and lip which deputies say we sustained after he was pulled off of Miller and he hit his head on the floor. Arrest report documents also say Nealey's right hand was swollen and read.

Nealey was taken into custody and remains in jail.

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