PSP: Woman Who Started Fire That Killed Husband Meant to Harm Herself

The Potter County woman charged with murder for starting a fire that led to the death of her husband was trying to hurt herself.

That’s according to papers filed in District Judge Delores Weiss’s office. During an interview with police on the night of the fire Catherine Miller of Harrison Valley said she started the fire in the living room of the house to harm herself. While still at the scene, Miller told police she “started the fire” and “set the fire” that destroyed the house on February 21, her 60th birthday.

Her husband, Ronald Miller, was flown to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester with critical injuries, and died on March 14. A cat and dog died in the fire.

Miller is charged with second-degree murder, third-degree murder, three counts of felony arson, and aggravated assault. She hasn't been arraigned yet.

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