Defendant Pleads Guilty to Killing His Girlfriend

During a July 22 hearing, a defendant pleaded guilty to one count voluntary manslaughter while armed. 

On Feb. 8, 2021, Ronald Miller, 43, stabbed his 28-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany Hardy, to death. Hardy was found inside a residence on the 1600 block of E Street, NE, with multiple stab wounds to her neck and body. Hardy was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“I killed her. She was trying to set me up,” Miller told the officers when they arrived at the scene.

According to court documents, Miller claimed that Hardy attempted to stab him after arguing with him about money. 

However, defense attorney Jason Tulley clarified that although Miller believed he was being set up, he thought he was acting in justifiable self-defense according to the law. 

“When he says self-defense, he actually and honestly believes it was,” Tulley said. 

DC Superior Court Judge Rainey Brandt accepted Miller’s guilty plea and expressed appreciation towards the defendant for his attention towards his case. 

“You were right there following along,” Judge Brandt told the defendant. “I appreciate your attention to the details.”

Miller is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 18.