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Saturday, January 13, 2018 1:00 am

50-year sentence for bullet to head

Victim's mom assails killer; he excludes her in apology to family

MATTHEW LEBLANC | The Journal Gazette

Charrisse Walker attended every court hearing.

On Friday morning, in Allen Superior Court, she sat in the front row for one more. At this hearing – a sentencing hearing for Xavier Miller – she would finally be able to talk to the man who killed her teenage son more than two years ago.

“My son didn't deserve to be murdered,” Walker said before the hearing. “(Miller) deserves every bit of time that he gets.

“It's exhausting. It's exhausting having to see him every time I come to court.”

Miller, 23, shot Porter Billians, 19, in the head inside an abandoned home on Kent Road on Sept. 26, 2015, according to court documents. Miller told police he lured Billians to the home, telling the teenager he needed to use his phone.

With Billians still bleeding, Miller stole cash, some marijuana and a cellphone from his pockets, court documents say. One witness told investigators the slaying was the result of an argument between the two men over $15.

“You didn't have to do that, and you know it,” Walker told her son's killer, after Allen Superior Court Judge John Surbeck sentenced him to 50 years in prison for the murder. “I cry every day.”

Asked by the judge if he wanted to say anything, Miller paused. He smiled and apologized “to the rest of the family,” but not to Walker.

Miller was charged with murder in June 2017, after he summoned Fort Wayne police Detective S. Scott Tegtmeyer to the Miami Correctional Facility near Bunker Hill and admitted to the killing, according to a probable cause affidavit. Miller was there serving a 12-year sentence for an armed robbery he committed two days before Billians was shot.

“The defendant went on to say that he was telling me this because he cannot sleep at night that he needs to make peace with it and try and move on,” the affidavit states.

The affidavit says Miller told police a man who was with him at the time of the shooting did not know his plans.

He pleaded guilty to murder in November. As part of a plea agreement, charges of felony murder and robbery were dismissed.

Miller will begin serving the sentence for the murder when the sentence for the robbery is completed.

“I'm incomplete, your honor,” Walker told Surbeck. “He killed my son and for that I want him to pay.”