Sylacauga murder trial set to begin Monday
by Chris Norwood
TALLADEGA COUNTY – Jury selection is expected to begin Monday in the capital murder trial of a Sylacauga man accused of murdering his ex-wife in 2010.

If convicted, Michael Milliner, 37, faces life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Milliner is accused of shooting Shalanda Pope in her car at Blue Bell Creameries, where she worked, just after 4 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2010. Milliner also shot himself and had to be airlifted to Birmingham for treatment.

At his preliminary hearing, Sylacauga police investigator Mike Smith testified that one of Pope’s sons saw her and Milliner talking outside her home the morning before she was killed.

Smith said the son told him his mother appeared to be afraid.

Talladega County Circuit Judge Julian King will be presiding over the trial.

Across the hall, Circuit Judge Bo Hollingworth will spend the first part of the week trying two appeals from municipal court.

According to Assistant District Attorney Scott Brewer, Hollingworth will hear a non-jury case against James Sims, who is charged with shooting into a neighbor’s home in Childersburg last year.

Sims has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of severe mental disease or defect.

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