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Palmer man charged with murder in November motel strangulation

  • Author: Tess Williams
  • Updated: December 2, 2019
  • Published December 2, 2019

A Palmer man was arrested and charged with second-degree murder Saturday in the strangulation death of a woman in early November, police said.

Officers were called to the Peak Inn Motel just before 3:30 a.m. Nov. 8 on a report of a woman not breathing. Palmer Police Chief Lance Ketterling said 35-year-old Martin Saccheus was performing CPR on 28-year-old Mingnuna Miller in the motel room when officers arrived. Saccheus and Miller were dating, Ketterling said.

Attempts to revive Miller were unsuccessful and Ketterling said she died at the motel. An autopsy determined she died from strangulation.

Bail for Saccheus was set at $250,000 Sunday.