Judge to decide whether Beach teen, charged with attempted murder, was too high to talk to police


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Virginia Beach teen, charged with trying to kill a police officer, wants a judge to throw out his interrogation.

Riley Miller was arrested on an armed robbery call in December 2017.

Police say during the arrest Miller pulled a knife and stabbed an officer in the leg. He was treated and released, but Miller faces a charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer.

Miller testified Wednesday that he has been abusing drugs for five years since age 13. 

“I was a wreck. I was not a normal teenager,” Miller said.

Miller says he took the drug clonazolam that night in December 2017. It’s similar to but much more potent than Xanax.

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Addiction specialist Dr. Michael Bohan, who was treating Miller at the time, said clonazopam can create a euphoric, sedated effect. But Bohan says in large doses the substance can have paradoxical effects including rage, violence and aggression.

It’s illegal in the U.S., and Miller purchased it online. Experts for both sides say little is known about the drug, and no clinical trials are known to exist.

Miller took it as a green liquid, and says he used an oral syringe to take anywhere from 6 to 8 milliliters of it. 

“I was trying to get high.”

Miller says he remembers taking the drug and checking his silver revolver.

Clonazolam also comes in other forms, including pills and powder. State toxicologist Dr. Connie Luckie said clonazolam is actually a research chemical not meant for human consumption. She said there’s no way of knowing how potent the green liquid was.

His attorney says Miller was in a prolonged blackout during the robbery, arrest, and interrogation.

According to police, Miller said “I stabbed that M-F cop. I hope he dies. I would stab his entire family if I wasn’t handcuffed to this bed.”

Miller’s attorney says because he was high at the time, he couldn’t knowingly or intelligently waive his right to an attorney. So they want everything he said during the interrogation thrown out.

Judge A. Bonwill Shockley says she will rule whether to throw out the interrogation on April 15.

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