According to information from the Karnes County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to a location in Runge at about 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14 after the sheriff's office received a call reporting an unresponsive male inside an RV.
Deputies found the victim, Melvin Eden, 63, from Nebraska, deceased at the scene.
“Chief Deputy Russell Swize and I were quickly notified that it appeared to be a homicide,” said Karnes County Sheriff Dwayne Villanueva. “We then notified the Texas Rangers about the situation.”
While waiting on the rangers, deputies, DPS troopers and Villanueva began questioning possible witnesses. Local law-enforcement personnel searched the the area for possible clues or evidence and valuable information was gathered and passed on to the rangers assigned to investigate the case.
As a result of these efforts, rangers were able to make an arrest on Jan. 18 at 2 a.m. near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
Rodney Allen Miller, of Louisiana, was arrested for the murder of Melvin Eden and charged with capital murder, which can carry a maximum sentence of death, or life in prison without parole.
Police said that Miller and Eden lived in the same RV park in Runge.
Miller is currently in custody at the Bexar County Jail, but law-enforcement officials are making arrangements to transfer him to Karnes County.
Bail has not yet been set in this case. Miller had an outstanding warrant related to a parole violation.
Villanueva expressed appreciation to all local and area law enforcement officers who assisted in the investigation.
See next week's issue of The Karnes Countywide for a more detailed and updated report on this story.