COVINGTON, La. -- A woman whose husband was murdered in New Orleans East when he was supposed to be at a work release job in Covington is suing the Louisiana Department of Corrections, the St. Parish Tammany sheriff, the company that ran the work-release program, North Shore Workforce, and the church her husband was working for, Victor Bible Church.
Last week, Michel Miller filed the lawsuit in East Baton Rouge Court, alleging the agencies involved were negligent in their failure to properly run the program and for failing to properly supervise the inmates in it, her husband included.
Miller was gunned down inside a town home that the Millers’ owned in New Orleans East in April 2013. He had allegedly traveled to the south shore without the permission of his supervisors at Victory Bible Church, the facility where he was to report to work to perform odd jobs daily.
Richard Thompson has since been charged with Miller’s murder. He is scheduled to stand trial in Orleans Parish in July.
Miller’s lawsuit names the Louisiana Department of Corrections, alleging that they had “actual knowledge that the rules and standards for the work release program were inadequate.”
The complaint goes on to say that the defendants, “failed to take appropriate action” to correct problems with the program until after her husband’s death.
The allegations against Sheriff Rodney “Jack” Strain and North Shore Workforce stem from a perceived failure to properly supervise the inmates in the work release program.
Both the Department of Corrections and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said they don't comment on pending litigation.