Broncos' Von Miller Listed as Potential Witness in Death Penalty Case

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IAugust 19, 2013

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 25:  Outside linebacker Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos walks off the field after the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on November 25, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Denver Broncos star linebacker Von Miller could potentially be called to the stand as a witness during a high-profile case in which prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Chris Vanderveen of 9News in Colorado has the report:

It's not entirely clear why Denver prosecutors have decided to list Denver Bronco linebacker Von Miller as a potential witness in a high-profile death penalty case, but newly released court documents indicate the Denver District Attorney's Office is reserving the right to call Miller to the stand during the sentencing phase of the trial should it see fit.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a 23-year-old man named Dexter Lewis, who investigators believe stabbed five victims to death at Fero's Bar and Grill before setting fire to the building. 

Miller's name is one of "dozens" on a list of people who may be called to the stand. 

Although the reason for Miller's involvement in the trial is somewhat unclear, Vanderveen reports that the court documents list Miller as "a possible acquaintance of (a friend of Lewis) and may testify about prior events and the Defendant's attire."

Per Vanderveen, the Broncos are fully aware of the entire situation and have been told that Miller "had zero-direct involvement" in the murders.   

This, of course, comes on the same day that it was revealed the NFL is closeper CBS Sports' Will Brinsonto suspending Miller for six games for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

One of the brightest young stars in the league, the 24-year-old Miller has proven to be a near unblockable force in Denver. He recorded 18.5 sacks last season, giving him an impressive 30 through the first 31 regular-season games of his burgeoning career. 

He won the AP NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011, was named to the All-Pro First Team in 2012 and has been to two Pro Bowls in two seasons.