Brother of Alabama fugitive captured in Thailand comes to his sister's defense

Brother of Alabama fugitive captured in Thailand comes to his sister's defense
Kelly Lynn Miller. (Source: WBRC video)
Kelly Lynn Miller. (Source: WBRC video)

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Kevin Miller, the brother of Alabama fugitive Kelly Lynn Miller, is speaking out to defend his sister. She was captured in Thailand after years on the run.

"I thought I'd never see her again," said Kevin Miller.

Miller said he was shocked to see photographs of his sister surface online with headlines reading American fugitive captured in Thailand. "Who does this happen to? Who flees to Thailand?" said Miller.

Kelly had been on the run for five years. She killed Donnie Goodwin in 2004 in an accident on I-459. She pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years in prison, and was out on bond waiting on appeal. Kevin says that's when she moved to New Orleans.

"She got something for the court telling her you have x amount of time to report or else," said Miller.

"She just made a split second decision. It wasn't the right one, that's for sure, but looking at what she was thinking about, what she was going through I see why she did it. Unfortunately I couldn't talk her out of it," said Miller.

Miller said within a few weeks of her disappearing, he received a Facebook message telling him she was ok, but then the communication went cold. That was until last November when she called to say she was pregnant.

A few months after that, Kelly was captured. Miller said the way his sister is being portrayed couldn't be farther from the truth.

"I know she's terrified, doesn't know what's going on and she's just being Kelly at the moment. Not in a mean or spiteful way where she doesn't have remorse or anything like that, no that's just the way she deals with things," said Miller.

Miller said his family doesn't know what will happen next. He said no one has been in contact with them. His family doesn't know if Kelly will now have to serve more time, or where her two month old child is being taken.

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