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Von Miller reportedly named as potential witness to 2012 murders

Von Miller's offseason has been a tumultuous one. (Jack Dempsey, AP)Von Miller's offseason has been a tumultuous one. (Jack Dempsey, AP)

A rocky offseason for Denver Broncos star Von Miller took another odd turn Monday, when it was revealed that he was listed as a possible witness in a Colorado murder investigation. The witness list for the high-profile Dexter Lewis case went public Monday, with Miller's name one of several included. Lewis, 23, is accused of stabbing five people to death at Fero's Bar and Grill, then lighting the inside of the building on fire.

"He has no direct involvement in the case," Denver Broncos spokesman Patrick Smyth told USA Today of Miller.

Miller still could now be called to the stand in Lewis's upcoming trial, in which prosecutors are believed to be seeking the death penalty.

On Tuesday, Miller, the  2011 Defensive Rookie of the Year and a 2012 first-team All-Pro, was handed a six-game suspension by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Denver's star linebacker also was arrested in August for missing a court date stemming from a traffic violation. That incident occurred as Miller was awaiting an appeal on the league punishment.

“Von has acknowledged making some mistakes in the past and is now being held accountable under the policies the league has in place," Denver head coach John Fox said after the announcement of Miller's suspension. "While it’s very disappointing that we will be without him for the start of the season, we will support him as a football team and organization."
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