6:46 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Winston-Salem Cold Case Solved After 22 Years

On August 04, 1990, Winston-Salem police officers found 74-year-old Thressa Nicholson dead in her Lakeview Boulevard home. An autopsy revealed she’d been strangled.  Finally, in 2009 DNA evidence led to the arrest of 39-year-old Michael Dwayne Miller for First Degree Murder and First Degree Rape. According to Winston-Salem Police Lieutenant Rob Cozart, Miller was in prison at the time of his arrest—giving investigators the DNA sample they needed to close this case. “By his being arrested and being in the department of correction and a DNA sample having been obtained on that other arrest, that's what led to the match of the samples collected in this crime.” Lt. Cozart says Miller and Nicholson lived in the same area.  Miller is now 42. Tuesday, he plead guilty to Second Degree Murder and to Second Degree Rape. He’s sentenced to thirty years in prison and must register as a Sex Offender.