Katrina Miller, the Indianapolis woman whose dead body was found in a cornfield by two Mormons riding their bikes two years ago, will be the next murder case to be profiled on She Made Me Do It, a crime-based documentary show on the Oxygen Network. In tonight’s episode titled, “Amanda Gonzales,” you’ll hear how a single mother involved in a love triangle was savagely killed and left in a cornfield by three perpetrators, who valued their stash of drugs more than a human life.
Katrina Miller’s story will include commentary by family members and police detectives. Miller’s killers — 39-year-old Joe Meyers, 26-year-old Ronnie Westbrook, and 27-year-old Amanda Gonzales were all arrested and eventually convicted in her kidnapping and murder.
By all accounts, Katrina Miller was a loving and bubbly young mother who adored her daughter — the kind of person who would give you anything you needed at any time, according to her sister, Crystal Shelton. But the life of Katrina Miller was snuffed out the day she went missing. Before the body was found, a missing persons report was filed with the local police after Katrina Miller lost contact with her family members and failed to check in on her 2-year-old daughter.
The truth about her disappearance came out after two Mormons found her body in an Indiana cornfield between Hancock County Road 800 and Hancock County Road 350 North, along Carroll Road, according to Fox-59. The Mormon boys told police they were out riding their bikes and taking photos in the beautiful cornfields when they stumbled upon the body. Detectives noted that the victim was a white female with an elaborate tattoo near her ankle. An autopsy report performed on Katrina Miller’s body suggested that she was shot in the back of the head before she was discarded in the cornfields.
Police got a break in the case after an individual came forward, stating that a woman named Angela Gonzales confessed that she had seen a murder. When the case finally came together, police learned that Katrina Miller, who had struggled with drug addiction, was with Joe Meyers, Ronnie Westbrook, and Amanda Gonzales on the day she vanished. The threesome had been at a hotel that Ronnie Westbrook used as a location to sell his drugs.
At some point during the day, a stash of drugs went missing and Ronnie Westbrook blamed the girls, stating that he would kill them if the stash wasn’t located. That night, they took Katrina Miller to the cornfields, where they made her get on her knees, then fired a shot to the back of the head. After returning to the hotel, one of the men eventually found the missing drugs.
In an interview with the victim’s sister, she states that they tried to warn Katrina that her groups of friends were bad news, according to Indianapolis Star.
“She was a loving mother, a great daughter and a great sister. She was in denial she was even on anything. She’d tell us she wasn’t, but we’re hearing from (her) friends that she was. We tried to warn her they weren’t real friends but by the time we noticed, the addiction had already taken over. My mom, she should never have to bury her child. Her daughter, she’s only 2. She needs her momma.”
Prosecutors believe that Katrina Miller was murdered after Amanda Gonzales became jealous when she found Katrina Miller and Ronnie Westbrook in bed together, according to court records. The missing drugs also appeared to be an apparent motive.
For her crime, a jury sentenced Amanda Gonzales to 60 years in prison. The two others were also found guilty, according to WTHR-13.
“Joe Meyers was found guilty of murder and kidnapping while armed with a deadly weapon. He was sentenced to 75 years in prison with five years suspended. Ronnie Westbrook pleaded guilty in April to assisting a criminal and being a habitual offender. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison with four years suspended.”
Don’t miss this week’s She Made Me Do It, which airs every Saturday at 10/9 p.m. central on Oxygen.
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