BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Devon Sample, the 24-year-old man charged in the death of Shiand Miller and her three-year-old daughter Shaniya Gilmore, was held without bail.

Devon Sample. Credit: Baltimore City Police

Sample had a bail review hearing Monday morning where, through his public defender, he proclaimed his innocence. He was taken into custody shortly after the bodies of the woman and toddler were discovered inside a car Friday in the 200 block of Boswell Street in southwest Baltimore.

Sample, of the 4800 block of Melbourne Road, is charged with first-degree murder in the case. Miller was eight months pregnant and Sample is the father of her unborn baby.

“Her and her new baby’s father had been arguing,” Milton Johnson, the toddler’s great-grandfather, said.

Police found Sample with records showing he had been pulled over last month in the same car Shiand and Shaniya were found dead in.

Sample is charged with 16 counts including first-degree murder.



Another charge being brought against Sample is under a new law called Laura and Reid’s Law, designed to protect pregnant women.

Shiand Miller and Shaniya Gilmore

“This law… is to protect pregnant women who statistically are much more vulnerable and much more likely to face abusive situations,” state Sen. Justin Ready (R-Carroll County), who sponsored the bill, said.

Family members of Laura Wallen, a pregnant Howard County teacher killed in 2017 by the father of her unborn baby, fought for the law to be passed.

Now, the family of Gilmore and Miller are feeling the same pain. On Sunday, they held a vigil at the scene where the bodies were found.

“She wanted to be a hairstylist, she was a princess. My grandbaby Niya, very playful, always a smile,” Sheree Reid, Shiand’s mother said.

Police searched their woods for any additional evidence Monday, steps from where mother and daughter were killed.

Detectives are still seeking assistance from neighbors as they try to determine what led to the shooting. To reach them, call 410-396-2100.

Family members have also set up a GoFundMe page to raise money to cover funeral expenses.

Annie Rose Ramos

Comments (11)
  1. Frank says:

    i guess black lives dont matter to some black folks.

  2. Joe Zilch says:

    Crime is so prevalent and nothing is being done ! That about sums it up ! And you won’t be hearing from Al Sharpton on this tragedy!

  3. Chris says:

    Nothing is being done??????????? They have him in jail & crime solved in a short time- what more could the police do? That is their job, isn’t it? Maybe keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons would be a good idea, but suggest making it harder to get guns & bullets and the 2nd amendment gun hugger nuts scream like toddlers. Will they trace the gun back and charge whoever sold it or sold him the buillets? Nope.

    1. Frank says:

      Because criminals like that guy get guns legally right. The harder you make it for people to legally get firearms, the easier you make it to get them illegally. We dont need stricter gun laws. We need district attorneys doing their job and following the laws written.

    2. Catapult says:

      The gun didn’t commit the crime. The thug did. Can we start the BLM protests, looting and rioting now?

  4. Barry says:

    Who cares anymore, as long as we can keep demonizing white cops we can do what ever the hell we want. Look they don’t even fight back when we tear their statues down or beat them up just cause they are white. So some black folks get murdered and some are kids but that’s all for the cause. Sacrifices need to be made. BTW lets get that abortion number up to 35% we were starting to slip due to COVID-19. We have to make that up.

  5. Johnny Grepp says:

    Feral Knee Grows

  6. Batthouse Barry says:

    Democrats killing the ones Planned Parenthood missed.

  7. yiddishlion says:


  8. Bloomberg’s ‘Usual Suspects’ …… as usual.

  9. AntiCommon Core says:

    No riots or looting for their lives?

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