Arrest made in the double murder of ex-pro hockey player, community, lawyer, police say

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A man who is already in custody on suspicion of burglarizing two homes in Irvine, California. was Thursday arrested in connection with the massacre of a former professional hockey player and a mother of two in Newport Beach, California.

Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren ch, 38, were discovered dead in ch’s condominium Sunday evening when his roommate returned home from a weekend getaway. Police were called to the house around 9:30 and had no sign of a break-in.

The police said suspect Jamon Rayon Buggs, 44, of Huntington Beach, was held in the Orange County Jail on suspicion of breaking into two homes in Irvine on 20-21 April, when police charged him in the double murder, FOX 11 Los Angeles reported.


Jamon Rayon Buggs, 44, Huntington Beach, California. charged in the double murder case involving former professional hockey player and a community advocate.
(Newport Beach Police Department)

Buggs was booked on suspicion of attempted burglary, shooting into an inhabited dwelling and possession of a firearm by a felon, and hit-and-run for a previous incident before being struck with the double murder charges, KTLA-TV reported.

He was being held on $1 million bond.

Friends told police that they last saw Miller, and ch early Saturday morning when Miller offered to give ch a ride home from a bar. The authorities announced Monday they were investigating the deaths as murders, without that the nature of the relationship between the two.

ch previously played minor league hockey as a forward for teams, including the Waterloo Black Hawks, San Diego Gulls, according to

Miller was the CEO of the Wings for the Justice, a non-profit organization that advocates for children in the family court system. She worked for more than 12 years as a licensed psychologist in California and Michigan, supervision of children, individuals, couples and families and author of two books related to the treatment of domestic violence victims, according to her online biography.

Luke Timmerman, identified by the Mercury News of San Jose as a Miller’s son, wrote on Facebook that his mother was a deadly shot. He added, “It was told to us that they do not suffer. The police is still investigating the details.”

Wendi Miller, 48, and Darren ch, 38, were found dead in his home in Newport Beach, California, on Sunday, the officials said. (YouTube/Facebook)

According to the police, Buggs’ first attempt to break in occurred Saturday evening. He allegedly tried to break into a house in Irvine around 11:35 pm before the homeowner confronted him. The police said Buggs fled the scene, firing a single round outside of the home, KTLA reported.


A second homeowner reported an attempted burglary Sunday after reviewing surveillance footage that allegedly showed Buggs trying to force his way to the front door about 5 hours before the flight, police said.

The police tried to pull over a suspicious vehicle in the area around 12:15 pm Monday. The driver, later identified as Buggs, refused to stop for the crash with his car and runs into an unoccupied house. Irvine police SWAT officers, the Anaheim Police Department and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department all responded to the scene before Buggs finally surrendered around 4 hours

Anyone with information about Buggs location for his arrest, or the case in general, be encouraged to call Detective Rick Henry at 949-644-3797. The investigation is ongoing.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah contributed to this report.

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