Paroled burglar charged in slaying of retired Missouri journalist

CHESTERFIELD, Mo. _ A recently paroled burglar was charged Sunday in the rape and slaying of a former writer and editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, prosecutors said.

Brian Michael Walters, 27, was charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of Nancy Miller, whose body was found Friday.

St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch said authorities did not know if Miller and Walters, who was staying with his parents in the same subdivision, knew one another.

McCulloch said Walters had been released from a Missouri prison about 10 days earlier, after serving an unspecified term for burglary.

Walters also was charged with armed criminal action, burglary and rape in warrants filed Sunday, the Post-Dispatch reported on its Web site. He was being held without bail.

McCulloch said officials did not know if rape was the motive for entering Miller's home.

He said a neighbor provided information that led to Walters' arrest.

Miller, 59, who retired from the newspaper in June, was found dead Friday evening after friends and relatives became concerned at not being able to reach her.

Miller worked at the Post for nearly 30 years as a copy editor, St. Charles bureau chief, suburban editor, assistant metro editor and Lifestyle editor. Since retirement, she had been working with journalism students at St. Louis Community College.