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Aiken police seek cause in double slaying

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Aiken County officers said a late-night argument could have led to a murder-suicide just yards from the Lexington County line on Wednesday.



Brandi Nicole Jordan, 23, of Gaston, was shot in the chest by her live-in boyfriend, Travis Blease Miller, 36, before he shot himself in the head, according to Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

Miller's mother, Stella, told officers the couple had no electricity or air conditioning at their mobile home at 270 Blue Poppy Road in Batesburg, and that had led to previous arguments. The couple, who had lived together for about six months, had stretched an extension cord from Miller's mother's home at 278 Blue Poppy Road.

Miller and his mother were arguing at her home when she told her son to leave, just before 11 a.m. After he headed back to his trailer, Stella Miller heard a loud bang, said Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton.

She told police she ran to the trailer, where she found her son disoriented and trying to perform CPR on Jordan, who was on the floor of the bedroom, Carlton said.

She walked outside and called 911, but didn't give officers information about who was shot or the circumstances of the shooting. Then she lost her cell phone signal.

Stella Miller told authorities she heard a second shot a few minutes later. She called 911 again, but didn't return to the trailer. Officers later found Travis Miller on the bed.

No additional information on their deaths was gathered from the autopsy on Thursday, Carlton said.

Although Travis Miller had a history of drinking and pleaded guilty to a felony DUI in 1997, Carlton said nothing in the house made him think Miller was drinking before the shootings.

"It's just one of those cases where we won't know what transpired in the minutes leading up to the argument," Carlton said.

"Unfortunately no one can tell us what happened," said Sheriff's Capt. Troy Elwell.

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countyman
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countyman 07/08/10 - 04:29 pm
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Hmm??? It's amazing how the

Hmm??? It's amazing how the comments changed when it's crimes reported in diffrent counties... I never hear the sky is falling comments, crime is rising, etc...

countyman
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countyman 07/08/10 - 04:33 pm
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I'm actually surprise the

I'm actually surprise the chronicle even reported it. They usually don't report the crime in other counties. But if somebody were caught jaywalking in Richmond County. The story is printed and put on the front page...

elm1026
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elm1026 07/08/10 - 04:45 pm
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someone lost their life and

someone lost their life and the other took theirs, being sarcastic on a post is a little much.

corgimom
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corgimom 07/08/10 - 05:03 pm
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Countyman- wake up and smell

Countyman- wake up and smell the coffee. The crime rate is rising all over the CSRA. We are all in agreement with that- except for you.

However, since this blog is for the Augusta Chronicle, and not The State or the Aiken Standard, it would stand to reason that most of the comments on here are about Augusta/Martinez/Evans/North Augusta.

Again, we are all in agreement with that- except you.

However, Countyman, in your honor, I am posting this link http://www.aikenstandard.com/Local/0708Murder-Suicide
because it's a more complete story than this one.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 07/08/10 - 06:15 pm
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countyman, most of the time

countyman, most of the time shovels are used to celebrate ground breaking, but in your case every time you post you use it to dig yourself deeper into a hole.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 07/08/10 - 06:39 pm
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I wonder what the

I wonder what the prescription is I could get too to keep my head in the clouds (or sand) all the time and see the world as one big happy place despite facts staring me in the face. It must be pretty good and evidently lasts a long time. I guess they are keeping it all to themselves or I'm buying the wrong brand of Kool Aid!!

gabhanjacisa
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gabhanjacisa 07/08/10 - 08:46 pm
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No idea what caused the

No idea what caused the argument? Hmmm, let's see: tinderbox mobile home, no air conditioning and it is 100 freakin' degrees outside. That place must have felt like a pizza oven. Unrelenting heat can make folks do crazy things they regret.

Just a guess...

sassygirl8
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sassygirl8 07/08/10 - 10:20 pm
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Yep I dont want to live

Yep I dont want to live anymore so before i shoot myself let me take my innocent girlfriend with me. knowing she probably does not want to go right now. but heck i am fixing to die so she can go with me. people like this i will never understand. if you are so miserable then take your own life and please leave the innocent ones alone.

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lifelongresidient 07/09/10 - 08:03 am
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it could have been the

it could have been the girlfriend looked around saw no electricity/AC, possibly very little money and the long extension cord leading up to his mother's house, and a boyfriend with a prior felony DUI charge and and possibly no job finally realized that she had "hitched her wagon to an anchor" and it is time for her to go and he didn't like that.

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flipa 07/09/10 - 10:33 am
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Y.oung E.arth S.cience has

Y.oung E.arth S.cience has tracked this "Checkout Plague". It results from a momentary disconnect from reality brought on by public schools teaching Theory instead of Fact. This trend did not exist before preaching the evolution religion as fact began in every public school. Let’s get back to FACTS, we'll all be glad we did. FACT= The earth has ALWAYS been proven too young (somewhere under 30,000 yrs.) by real science to allow evolution AKA (spontaneous generation) to work even if it did. There is not ONE scientific directly observable fact supporting long ages, or molecules to man.
In fact all the Tipping points and their side effects such as this we see occurring were predicted to occur at this very time by almost every foreteller, seer, or prophet of ancient and modern times.

Miss Hap
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Miss Hap 07/09/10 - 11:07 am
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What a terrible situation.

What a terrible situation. My heart goes out to the family and friends. Condolences to you at this most difficult time.

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smithers1 07/09/10 - 11:16 am
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They need to investigate

They need to investigate furthur into this before saying it was murder, suicide. This article and the mothers comments? Are totally different than what she said before.

baronvonreich
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baronvonreich 07/09/10 - 12:32 pm
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The cause is lack of

The cause is lack of education, lack of work ethic, and lack of responsibility.

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Lou Cipher 07/09/10 - 12:49 pm
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I'm sick of these autopsy's

I'm sick of these autopsy's for obvious deaths... does the coroner make profit on them? Someone shot in the head needs an autopsy to tell how they died? How stupid is that? What additional information does law enforcement need to know?

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corgimom 07/09/10 - 06:27 pm
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"They need to investigate

"They need to investigate furthur into this before saying it was murder, suicide."

Let's see... two people in the trailer... two people shot...two people dead. Um, what else would you call it?

And the reason for the autopsy is called THE LAW. Whenever someone dies an unnatural death, the law says they must be autopsied. And it's not about law enforcement. It's about people need and want the truth; and there are specific inheritance laws and estate and insurance laws that come into play.

It's also about justice. What if autopsy reports showed that it was a third person who did the shooting?

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