Bail denied for Warren Watson, suspect in murder, sexual assault of Lakewood attorney Claudia Miller

Miller found dead March 5

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - A judge once again denied bail Tuesday for the man accused of attacking, robbing, killing and sexually assaulting a Lakewood attorney.

Warren Watson is facing more than a dozen charges in the death of Claudia Miller.

Prosecutors said Watson made an appointment with Claudia Miller for 4:30 p.m. on March 5. When Watson was late, Miller's secretary left.

Hours later, Miller's body was found in a storage room by a cleaning crew.

The indictment said Miller was found partially dressed with marks on her wrists that indicated that she had been tied up. Her car, cell phone, and purse were missing. Watson became a person of interest after he was identified on a surveillance camera using Miller’s credit cards.

Investigators determined Watson had dumped a trash bag in a dumpster. Inside the trash bag, police said they found torn panties with blood, tan pants with apparent blood stains, zip ties and other items.

Watson was arrested in Boise, Idaho on March 8.

Watson told police he pulled a fake gun on Miller, tied her up, and took her purse and credit cards. Watson told police he strangled Miller, then touched her sexually, according to the indictment.

The coroner determined that Miller had injuries to her head, face, cheek, eyes, breasts and vaginal area. The coroner said the primary cause of death was strangulation.

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