PARK COUNTY, Colo. - The roommate accused of killing Wheat Ridge resident LeAnn "Annie" Meyer was formally charged with first-degree murder in Park County court Monday.
Melissa Ann Miller, 54, faces several felony charges -- first-degree murder after deliberation, theft and two counts of tampering with evidence, according to court records.
Miller was living in the basement of the 52-year-old Meyer's home when the woman disappeared in February. Meyer's remains were found July 4 in a rural area of Park County, near Bailey.
Miller was the last person to see Meyer alive. She told some of Meyer's friends in a secretly-recorded video that she dropped Meyer off to have dinner with another woman. Miller said Meyer had a bloody nose, but didn't explain why.
Wheat Ridge police say Miller would not talk to them about Meyer's disappearance, but Miller told a different story when Meyer's friends covertly recorded their confrontation with the roommate before the body was found.
"You guys are friggen' ripping me, and I did nothing. I loved Annie more than any of you," Miller said in the video. "I tried to kill myself. I don't want to live without Annie."
According to the charges submitted to the court by Assistant Park County District Attorney Kathy Eberling, investigators believe Miller killed Meyer between Feb. 10 and March 13, the Fairplay Flume reports.
"Melissa Ann Miller unlawfully, feloniously, after deliberation, and with the intent to cause the death of a person other than herself, caused the death of Leann Meyer," the charging documents state.
The charges also allege that Miller stole between $1,000 and $20,000 from Meyer.
Miller is accused of tampering with Meyer’s vehicles, cellphone and iPad in an attempt to destroy evidence, the Flume reported.
Miller next faces a Nov. 27 preliminary hearing, where a judge will decide if prosecutors have sufficient evidence to make her stand trial.