Palmer Courthouse

WASILLA — Martin Saccheus, 35, of Wasilla was charged with second-degree murder and arraigned Dec. 1 at the Palmer Courthouse.

Palmer Police arrested Saccheus after investigating the death of a 28-year-old Palmer woman, Mingnuna Miller, according to a recent press release from the Palmer Police Department.

PPD responded to a call from Saccheus from a room at the Peak Inn Motel Nov. 8 around 3:27 a.m., according to court documents. Saccheus stated that Miller wasn’t breathing, telling the dispatcher, “My honey, I think she just died.”

When PPD arrived, they discovered Miller on floor without any clothes, according to court documents. She was on her back between two beds as Saccheus attempted to perform CPR. Officers observed Miller was experiencing rigor mortis. They also saw numerous empty alcohol bottles and fecal matter strewn across the room.

When PPD interviewed Saccheus, he stated that he was drinking and using cocaine with Miller throughout the night, according to court documents. He stated that he drank about a half-gallon of alcohol plus an additional fifth and Miller had about the same. He told the officers he woke up to find Martin on the floor unable to breathe.

Miller’s body was sent to the state medical examiner who discovered petechial hemorrhaging and bruises on Miller’s neck and determined the cause of death was due to strangulation through manual asphyxiation, according to court documents.

Saccheus indicated Miller was his girlfriend during an interview with PPD. He admitted to strangling her with both of his hands because “she wouldn’t quiet down and go to bed.”

Saccheus stated that Miller continuously screamed, ‘I’m dying,” before and after he strangled her. He claimed that Miller said that every time she drank alcohol.

Saccheus’ next court appearance is a preliminary hearing scheduled for Dec. 11 at 1 p.m.

Contact Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman reporter Jacob Mann at jacob.mann@frontiersman.com

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