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Judge calls Alexander Valley slaying 'execution style'

A witness to an Alexander Valley slaying testified Thursday that the suspect drew a gun in the victim's living room and shot at him twice before stepping closer and firing a third bullet into his head.

John Ross Parent testified in a preliminary hearing for Jarrod Miller, 29, who is accused of killing his sister's boyfriend, Tim Neuer, also 29.

Parent said he was giving Neuer a haircut around 8 p.m. on March 8 when Miller pulled up to the house in an SUV. Miller came inside and asked to speak to Neuer in the living room, Parent testified.

Neuer, who was in a bathroom, stomped out and told Miller to leave his house, Parent said. He was upset at being interrupted but the source of any more serious tension between the two men was unclear.

That's when Miller pulled a small pistol and fired, hitting Neuer in the torso, Parent said.

Miller's sister, Mandy Miller, sprang from a couch and tried to stop her brother as he fired again, Parent said.

But Miller pushed her away, stepped to within six feet of Neuer and fired another shot at his head, Parent said.

"I saw him step forward and pull the trigger," Parent said.

Parent said he fled into a hallway, Mandy Miller began crying hysterically and Neuer lay motionless on the floor. A paramedic declared him dead at the scene.

Miller was arrested later than night. An empty box for a .380 automatic handgun was found in Miller's white Suburban along with a receipt showing it was purchased at a Cabela's store near Reno on March 5.

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