Lamesa, Texas officials await autopsy results

The information in this article was supplied by the Lamesa Daily Record.


Lamesa, Texas authorities are awaiting autopsy results to determine the cause of death for a Lamesa man, Judd Dale Miller, found by his wife, facedown in a horse corral at 1:15 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Miller, 31, was pronounced dead by Justice-of-the-Peace Denise Dyess at Medical Arts Hospital. Miller had been transported to the emergency room of the hospital by the Dawson County EMS from a corral at his residence, located along South Hwy. 137.

Miller had reportedly gone to the corral on Sunday to train a wild horse, according to a report released from the Dawson County Sheriff's Department.

“We have not been able to determine if the horse actually had anything to do with Miller's death or whether it might have been from natural causes,” Captain Johnny Ortegon said Tuesday morning.

Ortegon added that there were no visible injuries to Miller's body when he was found in the corral by his wife, Deha Miller.

Mrs. Miller said she had last spoken with her husband around 11:45 a.m., so she had gone to the corral to check on him, according to Ortegon's report.

Since no one witnessed what happened in the corral and Miller's death was unattended, Judge Dyess ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

“Under the circumstances, I just thought it was the right thing to do,” Judge Dyess said.

On Wednesday morning Dyess said that she had yet to receive any results from the autopsy.

“Normally it takes a while to get those results back,” she added.

Ortegon said emergency personnel with the Dawson County EMS began administering CPR to Miller as soon as they arrived on the scene; they continued to do so as they transported Miller to the hospital emergency room.

The body later was transferred to Lubbock for the autopsy.

Miller was a horse trainer; his wife, works as a veterinarian at Brock Veterinary Clinic in Lamesa.

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