Man Accused of Murder after He Tied Up, Robbed Another, Pinellas Deputies Say
The man died from being tied up and left on the floor during the robbery, Pinellas deputies said.
CLEARWATER – A man has been charged with murder after he tied up and robbed a Clearwater man who died, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.
Chris Weimer, 61, of unincorporated Clearwater, died sometime between Aug. 13 and Aug. 17 at his home from being tied up and left on his apartment floor during the course of the robbery.
Robert Michael Miller, 38, of St. Petersburg, was charged with one count of first degree felony murder. Deputies said he admitted robbing Mr. Weimer and leaving him tied up.
Deputies found Mr. Weimer’s body about 8:14 p.m. Aug. 17 inside his apartment after they were called about a dead body. Deputies said they found Mr. Weimer’s decomposed body with his hands tied behind his back and a piece of cloth that had been used as a gag on his mouth.
Investigators said they found that, on Aug. 12, Mr. Weimer picked up Miller in the area of San Remo Drive and Gulf to Bay Boulevard. Mr. Weimer, who was not known to Miller, bought
crack cocaine from Miller and invited Miller back to his home on Persian Drive in unincorporated Clearwater.
Miller and Mr. Weimer stopped off at a convenience store to buy beer and then went back to Mr. Weimer’s residence. While at Mr. Weimer’s apartment, Miller became angry when Mr. Weimer made sexual advances towards him. He struck Mr. Weimer in the head with his fist.
Miller tied Mr. Weimer’s hands behind his back and placed a gag around his mouth, deputies said. Miller then stole Mr. Weimer’s car keys, credit cards and other personal belongings. Miller left Mr. Weimer bound, but conscious and still alive inside the apartment during the early morning hours of Aug. 13.
Over the next several days, deputies said Miller used Mr. Weimer’s credit cards to purchase merchandise at various local businesses and pawned the items in Pinellas County.
Clearwater police officers arrested Miller in connection with a burglary criminal charge Aug. 20 and he was taken to the Pinellas County Jail.
Deputies interviewed Miller at the Pinellas County Jail on Friday (Aug. 25). They said Miller admitted robbing Mr. Weimer and leaving him bound inside his apartment.
For information about the Pinellas County sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
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