Yesterday at the Karnes County Courthouse, Rodney Allan Miller pled guilty and was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of Melvin Eaton (pictured below). Mr. Eaton was living in an RV in Runge, Texas and working in the oilfield. Mr. Eaton was a hard worker, who sent much of his hard-earned money home to his elderly mother.
In the early morning hours of January 2013, Mr. Eaton was struck over the head, and stabbed 15 times while inside his RV. After the murder, Rodney Miller fled to Louisiana, and was tracked down by the Texas Rangers. Texas Ranger Shane Staley, with the assistance of other law enforcement officers, investigated the case. Assistant DA Raneca Henson and Criminal Analyst Karen Dziuk, with District Attorney Audrey Gossett Louis' office, worked tirelessly to ensure justice was done. We are grateful to provide Mr. Eaton’s family some closure and peace.