Kelsey Miller died after being beaten and shot in the head, the Lincoln police chief said Tuesday.

An autopsy revealed she died from blunt force trauma or a gunshot wound to the head, Chief Jim Peschong said. Her body was found in a storage shed in northeast Lincoln on Sunday afternoon -- 11 days after she disappeared.

Prosecutors charged her husband, 33-year-old Kevin Michael Miller, with six felonies Tuesday afternoon, including first-degree murder, which carries a minimum life sentence or the death penalty.

They also charged him with using a firearm to kill his wife, felony child abuse, having a gun as a prohibited person, having meth and hiding his wife’s body.

Lancaster County Court Judge Laurie Yardley set a full-cash bond of $1 million.

Miller, who goes by Mike, talked with Yardley from the county jail by video. He spoke clearly and appeared unemotional.

After Yardley ordered him not to contact his three children should he post bond, he asked if that just meant face-to-face contact. The judge told him that means no contact whatsoever -- by phone, letter or the Internet.

Miller is unemployed but had worked as a cook at the Trackside Bar.

Investigators think Kelsey Miller died early Thanksgiving Day and that Mike Miller moved her body to the storage shed a few days later, Peschong said.

Kelsey Miller was an aspiring tattoo artist, and her aunt Cathy Rozmiarek said her niece was building her portfolio in hopes of launching a career.

The Millers' two children, a 4-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy, as well as Mike Miller’s 13-year-old daughter from another relationship, may have been in the mobile home when Kelsey Miller died, but police found no evidence they saw or heard anything, Peschong said.

The kids were in the mobile home after Kelsey Miller was killed, but they didn't know she was dead, he added.

Police found a handgun at the mobile home and think Mike Miller used it to beat and shoot his wife, Peschong said.

Kelsey Miller was shot more than once. Investigators don’t know why she was killed.

Kelsey Miller was last seen Nov. 27 at a shelter for domestic violence victims. Her body was found Sunday afternoon in a unit at Big Red Self Storage, 7001 Custer St.

Miller was cremated Tuesday, and her family plans to lay her to rest near her mother, who died of brain cancer, Rozmiarek said. Relatives will receive mourners from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday, and a service will follow at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus.

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