Plea expected in murder case

A woman accused of killing a 20-month-old child in June 2013 will plead guilty to first-degree murder Wednesday in Shenandoah County Circuit Court, Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley announced Tuesday.

The anticipated plea by Nicole Dawn Miller, if accepted by the presiding judge, will eliminate a nine-day jury trial scheduled to begin Jan. 20. Miller had been charged with capital murder and was facing the possibility of a death sentence if she had been convicted at the trial.

Wiseley, who announced the impending plea through a news release, made no comment on what sentence she will seek for Miller after the guilty plea. The sentencing will be scheduled for another date.

Wiseley said she will be issuing another release with more information and details after the guilty plea is entered and accepted.

Miller, 27, has been in jail since June 5, 2013, the day Woodstock police arrested and charged her in the death of Talon Vermillion, the son of Jeremy Vermillion, a man identified in court documents as her fiancée at the time.

Woodstock police answering a call from Miller’s apartment at 135 Valley Vista Drive on June 3 discovered the boy not breathing and with bruises covering his face and body, according to court records.

Medical staff at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital managed to restore Talon Vermillion’s breathing, but he died two days later at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

A doctor at Shenandoah Memorial told police that the boy’s injuries did not appear to be self-inflicted and were likely to have been caused by physical abuse.

The state medical examiner’s office ruled that the victim died from blunt trauma over his head, neck and trunk.

Miller told police that the boy’s injuries came from either an accidental fall off a bed or after he was pushed by her son, a boy about the same age as Talon Vermillion.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com