Nearly a month after the alleged crime, a man is in custody and accused of strangling his girlfriend to death after a night of heavy drinking and drug use in a Palmer motel.

Martin Saccheus, 35, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 28-year-old Mingnuna Miller. Palmer police said Saccheus called 911 on Nov. 8, 2019 to report Miller was not breathing.

“My honey, I think she just died,” Saccheus told a dispatcher, according to an affidavit filed by Palmer police.

Officers said his voice was “very calm and controlled.”

Police arrived to the Peak Inn motel in Palmer where they found Miller on the floor without any clothes and rigor mortis had set in on her right side. Officers described the room being covered in fecal matter and empty alcohol bottles. Saccheus told officers he and Miller had been drinking and doing cocaine the night before. He said each drank more than a half gallon of alcohol.

Later that day, officers interviewed Saccheus who admitted to strangling Miller “with both hands because she wouldn’t quiet down and go to bed,” the complaint reads.

Miller reportedly screamed, “I’m dying,” over and over again.

The medical examiner’s office found hemorrhaging and bruising on Miller’s neck and determined her cause of death as strangulation caused by manual asphyxiation.

It took nearly one month before Saccheus was charged with murder. He was arrested Saturday, Nov. 30.

Palmer Police Department Chief Lance Ketterling said he was waiting for the results to come back from the medical examiner’s office and wanted to make sure officers had finished a thorough investigation.

Saccheus’ bail is set at $500,000 cash with electronic monitoring house arrest.

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