By LARRY PHILLIPS
• Leader & Times
Authorities have arrested a man they believe severely beat Thomas Miller in August of 2013, which resulted in the man’s death in a Wichita hospital, according to Seward County Undersheriff Gene Ward.
“The Seward County Sheriff’s office, with the assistance of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, arrested Michael W. Eikenberry in connection with the death of Tom Miller,” Ward said Monday.
Miller, 51, was found badly beaten at a rural house in northwest Seward County Aug. 17, 2013, and he later died at a Wichita hospital. He was found after an initial call to Seward County Emergency Medical Services for an “unresponsive male.”
Eikenberry, 43, of Moscow, had his first appearance in court Monday morning in Seward County District Court. He was charged with allegedly committing second degree murder.
“The definition of second degree murder is ‘unintentionally but reckless,’” Ward explained. “He is currently in jail on a $100,000 cash surety bond.
“He was arrested Friday,” Ward added.
Miller had been officially listed as a resident of Garden City at the time of his death, and his daughter posted on her Facebook page last August, “My dad was found unconscious (with) his head bashed in… We don’t know who found him or who did this to him, but it was murder.”
Eikenberry’s next court date is a scheduling hearing at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 4, according to Ward.
“He faces a possible maximum of 493 months in prison,” Ward said.