Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers announced the indictment of Lance Miller (DOB 4/3/91) for the August 18 murder of a Westwood mother of two.
Miller was indicted for one count of Aggravated Murder (SF), two counts of Murder (SF), two counts of Felonious Assault (F2), one count of Kidnapping (F1), and one count of Abduction (F3). If convicted of all charges, he faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
On August 18, 2023 at 10:52pm, Miller called 911 and Cincinnati Police were dispatched to 2814 Temple Avenue in Westwood. When police arrived, they were met by Lance Miller who reported there was an issue with the lease on a vehicle registered to his girlfriend, 36-year-old Kaitlyn Lynch. Miller reported Ms. Lynch was refusing to get out of the vehicle.
When officers approached Ms. Lynch, she was seated in the passenger seat of her vehicle. Ms. Lynch reported there were no problems but she would not exit her vehicle to go inside. The police officers left the scene – as there was no criminal activity being reported.
Approximately one hour after the initial 911 call, Mr. Miller went into the home, which belonged to Ms. Lynch and retrieved a firearm. As he exited the home, he opened fire on the vehicle, striking Ms. Lynch at least once. Police again were dispatched a second time to the scene.
When police arrived, Ms. Lynch’s vehicle was gone, but they found nine .40 caliber shell casings and shattered glass in the driveway. Police also found a .40 caliber Smith and Wesson M&P firearm on the front porch. Neither Mr. Miller nor Ms. Lynch was located at the residence.
Investigators initiated tracking of Miller’s and Ms. Lynch’s cell phones and determined their phones were travelling south on I-75. At 5:30am the following day, Ms. Lynch’s phone was found on the side of the road on I-75 near Lexington.
Investigators began tracking Ms. Lynch’s BMW which was located southbound on I-75 before getting on I-40 in Tennessee. Police in western Tennessee located the vehicle and attempted to make a traffic stop. Miller, who was driving the vehicle, attempted to flee. After the use of stop-sticks, Tennessee police were able to execute the traffic stop and take Miller into custody without further incident.
Ms. Lynch was located in the front passenger seat of the vehicle, deceased. It is unclear when Ms. Lynch succumbed to her injuries.
Miller has been held at the Wilson County, Tennessee jail pending extradition. Miller has since waived extradition and will be returned to Hamilton County on September 11, 2023.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Melissa Powers commented, “This is a shocking and senseless murder of a young mother. While we deal with violent criminals on a daily basis, this case is particularly heart-wrenching.
My prayers go out to her two daughters, and I hope they can one day find peace. They have lost so much at a very early age.
We will ensure that justice is not just served but delivered with the full force of the law for them.”