Denver jury finds Ryan Miller guilty of 1st-degree murder in shooting of ex-girlfriend Andrea Roan

Roan was popular 5th-grade teacher

DENVER - A Denver jury on Friday found a 28-year-old man guilty in the shooting death of his former girlfriend in 2011.

Ryan Miller was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Andrea Roan, 27, a popular fifth-grade teacher at Alsup Elementary in Commerce City.

The jury found that Miller shot Roan on Dec. 16, 2011, as she drove down an alley from her Congress Park apartment on her way to work.

Miller will be sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in June.

Police responding to a reported car accident found Roan in her car with a gunshot wound to the head after her car plowed into the wall of a garage.

Roan had recently ended a brief relationship with Miller, who was accused of domestic violence against her, police said.

A judge had issued a protection order, prohibiting Miller from contacting Roan. Miller had been arrested three months before the shooting for violating the protection order, driving under the influence of alcohol and careless driving.

One witness said he heard a gunshot and saw a man running from the scene.  Another witness said she saw a silver Audi fleeing the scene.

An acquaintance of Miller, Richard James Leavitt, was accused of being an accessory in the murder. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in February.

Police say Leavitt drove Miller to and from the murder scene and helped hide the gun that killed Andrea Roan.

Leavitt told police he drove Miller to Roan's apartment so Miller could talk to her.  Leavitt said he heard a gunshot a short time later and Miller came back to the car and stuck a handgun and clip into his backpack, according to court documents.

Leavitt is scheduled to be sentenced on May 13.

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