DENVER -- A judge in Park County set bond Tuesday of $50,000 cash for Melissa Miller, the former roommate of Annie Meyer.
Miller is accused of killing Meyer, whose body was found in Park County southwest of Denver July 4. Meyer had been reported missing from Wheat Ridge in February.
Police arrested Melissa Miller Monday afternoon. A judge advised her of the charges she faces at her first court appearance Tuesday.
She's charged with second degree murder and faces up to 48 years in prison if she is convicted.
Past Legal Trouble
FOX31 Denver has learned that Melissa Miller has legal troubles dating back a decade. She was sued in 2003 for civil theft.
The lawyer says a woman gave Miller access to her bank account with $32,000. Miller was supposed to take that money to Costa Rica and meet the woman.
But the lawyer says that never happened, and the money was never returned.
The client committed suicide a few weeks after the lawsuit against Miller was filed. The woman's family decided to drop the case.
Annie Meyer Case
Police searched the home that Meyer shared with Miller twice over the course of a five-month search for the missing woman. On both occasions, Miller invoked her Fifth Amendment right to remain silent, police said.
Miller, 54, contacted FOX31 Denver last week saying she wanted to do an interview to tell her side of this story, but later backed out of the interview.
In a video released to the public before Meyer's body was found, Miller said her attorney reached out to Wheat Ridge police but then advised Miller not to talk about the case.
"You guys are freaking ripping me to apart," Miller said in the video referring to friends of Meyer who criticized Miller for not talking to investigators. "I did nothing. I loved Annie more than any of you."
Meyer's remains, which investigators called nothing more than bones, were discovered by hikers near a cabin in Park County. Though investigators provided few details when describing the scene, they did say the remains were found in a rural area and that animal activity in the area had sped up decomposition of the body.
Miller’s mother, Mary Trounce, has insisted that her daughter did not murder Meyer, though Trounce also said that the two roommates often hiked in the area where Meyer’s remains were discovered.
“It’s kind of good news for us,” the victim's brother, Mark Meyer, said shortly after the grim discovery. “It gives us some closure, at least, because this could have gone on for years."
Police haven't said what information led to the arrest. But Mark Meyer has one theory about how his sister may have died. "There is DNA testing still of, I think, poison analysis." Meyer also says there may have been a falling out between the roommates over finances.
Annie Meyer worked as an IT specialist. She was reported missing when she did not show up for work in February.AlertMe