Warren Watson, suspect in attorney Claudia Miller's murder, advised of rights in court

Next hearing April 1

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The man accused of attacking, robbing, killing and sexually assaulting a Lakewood attorney was advised of his rights in court Tuesday.

Warren Watson was charged Monday with 18 counts including murder, sexual assault, robbery and tampering with evidence.

District attorney Peter Wier tweeted that Watson will be back in court next Monday for a status conference.

Prosecutors said Watson made an appointment with Claudia Miller for 4:30 p.m. on March 5. Watson called and said he was going to be late. Miller's secretary left, but said when she called Miller at 4:57 p.m. and Miller told her the 4:30 appointment was almost to the office.

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 on the night of March 5, the indictment said. Investigators believe Watson used Miller's credit cards at a King Soopers, Walmart, Ross and truck stop.

Investigators determined Watson had dumped a trash bag in a Dumpster. Inside the trash bag, they 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, 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.

Watson is being held without bond.

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