William R. Miller II booking photo following his arrest earlier this year.
William R. Miller II booking photo following his arrest earlier this year.

By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

PAULDING – A local man awaiting trial for the shooting death of his grandson earlier this year has passed away.

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, William R. Miller II, age 73, passed away due to natural causes in a Toledo hospital, according to a press release issued by Sheriff Jason Landers on Wednesday morning.

Miller was arrested on May 10 for allegedly shooting his grandson, 19-year-old Evan Andrew Holcombe, at 15648 Road 1037 in a subdivision east of Junction. Miller was facing one count of aggravated murder.

“William was transferred to a psychiatric hospital soon after being booked in jail back in May. He remained there until Sept. 15 when he was admitted into another hospital for health issues,” said  Landers. “William suffered from several medical issues and perished last evening.”

On Thursday, May 10, sheriff’s deputies were called to Miller’s home on Road 1037 in the Five Span area at 9:38 p.m.

When deputies arrived, they found Holcombe deceased with a gunshot wound to the chest, according to Sheriff Jason Landers.

Holcombe and Miller both resided in the home on Road 1037. The victim was a graduate of Defiance High School.