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Marion County Sheriff Joe Carpenter said the department was contacted by Harrison County police with a “BOLO,” a law-enforcement term for “be on the lookout,” for Muller’s vehicle. It included a description of the suspect’s Buick Verano and a possible location, he said.
“The deputies saw and followed this vehicle and verified it,” Carpenter said. Deputies made a traffic stop on White Hall Boulevard near Walmart between 4:30-5 a.m. and arrested Muller for allegedly driving on a suspended license.
The arrest was conducted without incident, Carpenter said.
After the arrest, Muller was questioned by Harrison County authorities and reportedly confessed in an audio/video statement to drug transactions with Hart and Amos, as well as the murder of all four men.
Because Muller was arrested in Marion County, he was also arraigned in Marion County by Magistrate Cathy Reed-Vanata. Arresting officer Sgt. J.E. Webber and Det. P.D. Graeber of Harrison County law enforcement and Patrolman Adrian Hayhurst of the Fairmont Police Department accompanied Muller to the arraignment.
Reed-Vanata explained the charges Muller faced and asked if he understood them in addition to informing him of his rights and having legal paperwork signed. Throughout the arraignment, Muller spoke and responded clearly and audibly.
Muller told the magistrate court he was a full-time student receiving Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits, but otherwise had no income. He is recently divorced with two children under the age of 18.
Murder in the first-degree is a capital offense, and as such a magistrate is not permitted to set a bond regardless of financial circumstances, Reed-Vanata said. Only a circuit judge may be petitioned for a bond.