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  • Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette: Janet Tinsley, the mother of April Tinsley, said today she wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing her daughter.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 3:03 pm

April's mother to ask prosecutors to seek death penalty

Matthew LeBlanc | The Journal Gazette

Janet Tinsley, the mother of slain 8-year-old April Tinsley, said Tuesday she will push prosecutors to seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing her daughter.

"If he does get the electric chair or the gas chamber or whatever, I'm going to be there and I'm going to be pushing the button," Tinsley said.

John D. Miller, 59, was arrested Sunday at his home in Grabill and charged with the girl's 1988 murder. Police said they used DNA evidence and genealogy data to track him down.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards held a news conference Tuesday to thank investigators for work on the case. She would not say whether she will seek the death penalty for Miller.

For more on this story, see Wednesday's print edition of The Journal Gazette or visit www.journalgazette.net after 1 a.m. Wednesday.

mleblanc@jg.net