NILES — Jury selection in the trial of Martell Miller, one of five Niles teenagers accused in a sex video extortion case, continued Tuesday in Berrien County Trial Court as attorneys and Judge Scott Schofield quizzed potential jurors regarding their knowledge of the case.
One aspect of Miller’s case stems from a March 14 video recording of sex acts willingly performed by a then 17-year-old girl with 18-year-old Martise Washington, a friend of Miller. The girl testified at Washington’s trial she was unaware Washington, with assistance from another teen, Trey Nichols, had recorded the encounter on Washington’s cell phone. Threats of uploading the video to Facebook four days later, she said, resulted in additional sex acts she performed with Washington, Leon Murphy, Parnell Martin and Miller.
Also, Miller, who turned 18 in June, is accused of engaging in other sex acts with a 16-year-old girl at Niles High School in February.
Washington was convicted at a jury trial and was sentenced Monday to a 20- to 40-year prison term. Nichols, Martin and Murphy, any or all of whom might testify against Miller, have accepted plea bargains and are awaiting sentencing.