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Search warrant hints at motive in Enderlin killing

FARGO - The man charged in the fatal shooting of William "Billy" Holladay Jr. in Enderlin in early February made an audio recording a few hours before the shooting in which he talked to himself about committing a murder.

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Attorney Cash Aaland, left, confers with Paul Miller during his initial appearance at the Ransom County Courthouse in Lisbon, N.D., on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016. Miller is accused of killing Billy Holladay in Enderlin. Rick Abbott / The Forum

FARGO – The man charged in the fatal shooting of William "Billy" Holladay Jr. in Enderlin in early February made an audio recording a few hours before the shooting in which he talked to himself about committing a murder.

That's according to information contained in a search warrant filed in Cass County District Court by a special agent with the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

According to information in the search warrant:

Holladay was gunned down on a sidewalk in Enderlin in the early morning hours of Feb. 7.

Later that day, authorities were informed that a man named Paul Miller was at an attorney's office in Fargo and wanted to turn himself in in connection with the homicide.


As part of the investigation, authorities located a surveillance video thaty appeared to show Holladay walking on the sidewalk when a pickup truck drove past him.

The video also showed the pickup stopping and backing up to where Holladay was walking, at which point shots were fired from the pickup and Holladay fell to the ground.

Authorities ultimately located the pickup they believe was used in the murder and found inside it a rifle resembling an AK-47 that belonged to Miller.

They also noticed two bullet holes through the passenger side door of the pickup and they recovered shell casings from the pickup.

The investigation also led to the discovery of audio recorders belonging to Miller.

One device contained a recording that appeared to have been made about three hours before the shooting.

On the recording, a person authorities believe is Miller can be heard talking with what sounds like the movie "Scarface" playing in the background.

Miller answers questions based on what characters are doing in the movie, stating at one point: "You know I'm going to, oh, you know ... let the dope get the best of ya chief, blame it on the dope, that's why you went along with it."


At the end of the recording, Miller can be heard to state: "Probably murdering the people I finally figured out who's doing it."

Seconds later, Miller can be heard on the recording stating loudly: "Murder the people that are doing it."

In a different recording, a person authorities believe is Miller talks about "Billy" coming to kill him and erasing a recording.

The search warrant material also indicates there may have been a prior incident between Miller and Holladay, possibly a burglary.

An examination of Miller's phone showed that he talked to his grandfather for eight minutes immediately after Holladay was shot.

The search warrant information indicates that Miller's father told authorities that his son formerly sought treatment for drug addiction and a search of Miller's residence in rural Ransom County found suspected illicit substances, including a crystal-like material resembling methamphetamine.

Miller is charged in Ransom County District Court with murder and reckless endangerment in connection with Holladay's death. He has not entered a plea to the charges yet.

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