COLUMBIA, Tenn. (WKRN) – More than 20 years after his death, an arrest has been made in a Columbia pizza delivery man’s murder.
Kimberly Miller, arrested Thursday, is accused of luring Chris Heiss to the home where she lived on Paul Drive with a false delivery call on April 2, 1994.
Heiss, 21 at the time, was shot and killed in the middle of the street during a robbery. The killers then stole his car, but it broke down in front of Highland Park Baptist Church, a few blocks from the crime scene.
“I prayed all these years that he would have justice,” neighbor Monica Graham told News 2. “It’s not the end, it’s not over. This is just the beginning for getting justice for Chris.”
Miller, who was 18 at the time, is charged with first degree murder and especially aggravated robbery.
The district attorney for Columbia told News 2 they do not believe Miller acted alone but instead worked with cohorts to lure Heiss in order to rob him. While she did not have a relationship with Heiss, police believe she did know of him and he was the intended target.
The address used in the false delivery was where Miller was living at the time.
When police went to the home on the night of the murder, someone answered the door and said they didn’t order a pizza. That person was not Miller, but authorities would not say who it was.
The DA said they reopened the investigation after he took office in September 2014. He told News 2 both DA investigators and Columbia police reworked the entire investigation from start to finish.
Every witness was re-interviewed and new witnesses were found. Authorities were then able to develop new evidence to send to a grand jury ahead of Miller’s arrest.
The 40-year-old was taken into custody at the Burger King where she works on Trotwood Lane.
Authorities are asking anyone who may have further information to call the Columbia Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at 931-380-2721.