Granby Man Allegedly Murdered ‘For an Ounce of Weed’

GRANBY, NY – State police arrested three teenagers this morning (March 3) and charged them with the murder of a town of Granby man last month.

Anthony Miller, 46, was found dead in his home the afternoon of Feb. 3.

New York State Police, Fulton Barracks, launched an investigation and early this morning arrested a 16-, 17-, and 19-year old in connection with the crime.

According to the state police accusatory instruments and sworn depositions filed this morning, the three young men went to Miller’s residence armed with a 10-inch kitchen knife, metal pipe, rusty hammer and a butter knife in order to rob “an ounce of weed.”

During the course of the robbery, the victim was allegedly hit in the head with a hammer and stabbed, then left unconscious.

The three young men were each charged with one count of the class A-1 Felony of Murder in the 2nd degree under New York State Penal Law Section 125.25(3), and the class B Felony of Burglary in the 1st degree under New York State Penal Law Section 140.30(3).

The 16-year-old and 17-year-old are enrolled as students at Baker High School, Baldwinsville Central School District, according to the school’s superintendent.

The 16-year-old turned himself in to state police at 4:04 a.m. today.

In his sworn deposition he stated that on Feb. 2, Super Bowl Sunday, after the game he went to the 17-year-old’s house to convince him to go to the victim’s house and commit robbery because the victim allegedly owed the 16-year-old’s father and uncle money.

The young men then allegedly arranged to be driven by a family member to the victim’s residence.

According to the sworn deposition of the 16-year-old, while the 17-year-old went into the victim’s house, he and another accomplice, 19-year-old Zachary Scott waited outside.

“(We) then heard banging in the house and saw (the victim) on the ground with (the 17-year-old) standing over him,” the deposition states.

At that point in the robbery, the 16-year-old said he took two “bongs” and some marijuana from the residence.

The next day, the 16-year-old stated he learned the victim died and questioned the other young man. “He thought he might die because he was bleeding all over,” the statement said. “(He) told me he hit (the victim) with a hammer … during the struggle for the knife he stabbed (the victim.)”

Scott told police in his sworn statement that he is best friends with the 17-year-old and that the victim was a friend of the 16-year-old.

“Their plan was to break in and steal marijuana and money,” Scott said in his sworn statement to police.

Armed with a metal pipe, Scott said he entered the victim’s residence and witnessed the 17-year-old assault the victim “until he was unconscious.”

Scott’s statement said he then stole marijuana and witnessed the 16-year-old stealing a carton of cigarettes, “jar of marijuana roaches and two marijuana smoking bongs from within the trailer.”

The 17-year-old’s statement to police, taken at 2:04 a.m. today, states that he brought the knife with him from his house and that the victim came after him and was punching him, then ran into the knife while the 17-year-old held it in his hand.

Earlier in the same statement, he stated he hit the victim in the head with a hammer.

Police noted in their report that the victim suffered stab wounds and blunt force trauma which resulted in his death.

The three young men were arraigned in the town of Granby Court early Monday morning and remanded to the Oswego County Correctional Facility without bail.

They are each scheduled to return to the town of Granby Court on March 13.