A Florida jury has found a former Mannford Police officer guilty of second-degree murder in the killing of the city’s police chief.
The verdict was announced Wednesday afternoon after about two hours of deliberations. Michael Nealey pleaded not guilty in December to the murder of police Chief Lucky Miller in a Pensacola Beach, Florida, hotel room in November 2019.
The men were attending a law enforcement conference when they got into a fight. A hotel security guard responding to other guests’ noise complaints found Nealey sitting on Miller’s chest.
A medical examiner determined Miller died from blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.
Nealey’s trial began Tuesday. He will be sentenced next month.