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Arrest made in 2011 murder of Goshen College professor

11.5. 2018 Written By: Goshen College 1,624 read

Elkhart County Prosecutor Vicki Becker announced on Oct. 30 that a suspect was arrested in connection with the 2011 murder of Goshen College professor of biology James Miller. The suspect, Winston Earl Corbett, 23, of Goshen, was 16 years old and attending high school at the time.

“We are relieved that an arrest has finally been made in this case, and we are grateful for the long and dedicated work of our local law enforcement and others who have brought a possible resolution to the mystery of his violent death,” Goshen College President Rebecca Stoltzfus said in a statement to the campus community.

Dr. Miller was a beloved colleague, professor and friend,” Stoltzfus said. “We remember him for his outstanding legacy as a teacher and scientist, even as we are moved once again by the profound tragedy of his death. We hold in our hearts and prayers today his family members and the many others in the Goshen College community who were deeply affected by this tragic loss.”

The Goshen Police Department reported that Miller and his wife, Linda, were attacked in their Goshen home in the early morning hours of Oct. 9, 2011, during an attempted burglary.

Miller came to Goshen College to teach in 1980, the same year he completed his doctorate degree in medical biochemistry at Ohio State University. He received his undergraduate degree in chemistry in 1975 from Bluffton (Ohio) University. The Goshen College board of directors granted Miller tenure in June 1985. He primarily taught upper-level courses taken by students in nursing, pre-medical and other health-related tracks.

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