Man pleads not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect in father, daughter murders

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Man who allegedly killed father and daughter pleads not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect

UPDATE: MAY 15TH 4:50 p.m.

Karl Hess, the man who allegedly killed Richard and Joscelyn Miller of Manitowoc has waived his preliminary hearing and plead not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect. 

He has also been bound over trial and will be back in court June 19th for a review hearing. 

Man Who Allegedly Killed Father And Daughter To Steal Father’s Money Appears In Court

Karl Hess is charged with shooting and killing Richard and Joscelyn Miller, a father and daughter who lived in Manitowoc. 

Hess made his initial court appearance inside the Manitowoc County Courthouse on Monday. He is facing two counts of first degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon. 

Friends of the Miller family filled up rows of benches inside the courtroom, some crying as they saw the alleged killer sitting in the room.

According to the criminal complaint, Karl Hess was friends with Richard Miller and knew that he kept a large amount of cash inside a safe at his home.

The criminal complaint said that Hess told police he was facing financial hardship, and admitted he knew what he did was wrong. 

Hess was caught on the Miller’s neighbors’ home security cameras walking and driving by the Miller’s house on September 7th, 2018 around 6:30 at night.

The cameras caught him again later that night between 10 to 11 p.m.

By 11:30 p.m. Hess was seen running away from the home with what appeared to be the Miller’s safe. 

The criminal complaint states that Hess waited until the visitors the Millers had at their home had left, then entered the house. 

Hess found Richard Miller inside the home and allegedly shot him twice in the head.

Hess then heard Miller’s daughter crying in the other room after hearing the gunshots. She was hiding under her comforter, crying and yelling, “No!” 

Hess told her to be quiet and then allegedly shot her through the comforter, in what he believed to be her head.

He then stole Richard Miller’s wallet and safe, and also stole Joscelyn Miller’s phone. 

Hess wore gloves and pawned off the gun he used in the shootings.

He was named a person of interest during the investigation, and police knew the make and model of his car matched the one in the home security footage. 

Manitowoc Police did not arrest Hess until March 26th, after he brought his car into an auto repair shop in Appleton. 

His next court appearance has not been scheduled yet. 

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