Trials set in toddler death
Last updated 2/1/2024 at 10:18am
AIRWAY HEIGHTS – A local couple accused of killing their daughter and transporting her body across the country has been set for March.
Aleksander Kurmoyarov, 30, and Mandie Miller, 34, will be tried in connection with the alleged unlawful imprisonment and killing of 8-year-old Meelah Miller in December 2022.
Kurmoyarov is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault, torture and three counts of unlawful imprisonment, court records show.
Mandie Miller is charged with homicide by abuse, second-degree murder, two counts of second-degree assault of a child and six counts of unlawful imprisonment, records show.
Both are set for trial March 4, records show.
The couple will be tried separately in separate courtrooms, records show. If convicted, sentencing for Miller and Kurmoyarov is scheduled for April 3.
Court records show that on Dec. 14, 2022, Miller and Kurmoyarov — then in Mitchell, S.D., were arrested after attempting to bury Meelah Miller’s body without formal documentation of her passing, court records show.
Detectives investigating the incident found evidence Meelah Miller died in Airway Heights, where the couple lived, and transported her body cross-country.
Kurmoyarov has already accepted a plea agreement in the case.
On Sept. 29, 2023, he accepted an agreement to avoid a potential life sentence.
He admitted guilt to second-degree murder, second-degree assault and the unlawful imprisonment of Meelah Miller, records show.