CLINTON TWP. (WWJ/AP) – An investigation continues into the slayings of a woman and her 11-year-old daughter after a man questioned by police was released from jail.
Jay Miller was freed Tuesday after pleading no contest to lying to police and resisting arrest in connection with the slashing deaths of Tina Geiger and her daughter Kristina. He was sentenced to one year of probation and received credit for time already served — 91 days.
Miller, a convicted sex offender, told authorities he wasn’t at the apartment complex where the bodies were found July 30. In reality, the 29-year-old was there — but not on that exact day. Defense lawyer Ray Paige said Miller lied to protect his father, who lives in the complex.
“He was a suspect but never should have been,” Paige told The Macomb Daily after the hearing. “There’s no one who can put him on the premises the day they were killed. Nothing ties him to the murder.”
Geiger and Kristina, who are both described as being mentally challenged, were found dead inside their home at Parkway Village Apartments on Grange Street, near 16 Mile Road and Harper Avenue.
Police said mother and daughter both had their throats slashed in what was described as a “brutal and bloody” murder. The stab wounds were caused by what officers termed a “cutting instrument,” which may or may not have been a knife.
Their bodies were first discovered by an apartment manager who was asked to check on the Giegers. Neighbors, who said the duo walked to a nearby 7-Eleven every day, said they became concerned after not seeing the mother daughter pair for several days.
According to police, there were no signs of forced entry into the apartment, making it likely the victims knew their killer.
Police said the case remains under investigation, although “there are no new developments.”
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Clinton Township police at 586-493-7925.
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