Phoenix police: Woman arrested on first-degree murder charge for running over man

Posted at 4:11 AM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 13:30:29-05

Police say a woman has been arrested on a first-degree murder charge after a man was found dead under a vehicle in Phoenix. 

Phoenix fire says the body was found under a car in the middle of the street near 40th Street and McDowell Road around 3:30 a.m. Monday. 

Police say 24-year-old Christopher Miller was walking with two other people when he was hit by a 2008 Ford Taurus driven by 25-year-old Verena Herron.

Authorities said the pair had recently been in an argument over her getting another man’s phone number, according to witnesses. Miller was reportedly seen throwing Herron's clothing out the window before she got in her car and said “I’ll show him,” threatening to run him over.

Neighbors tell ABC15 they heard noises outside before seeing a woman repeatedly run over her boyfriend. They said the woman failed to do so multiple times, but eventually did hit and trap him under the vehicle. 

Neighbors tried to lift the vehicle off of the man but were not successful. Police and fire crews were able to extricate the man, who was declared dead at the scene. 

Police said Herron remained on the scene after calling 911 and was arrested and booked into jail.

While being questioned by police, Herron reportedly agreed that she stepped on the gas and drove toward Miller.

Herron told police she and Miller had an on-and-off relationship for a couple years and that they were sometimes verbally and physically aggressive toward one another. 

In addition to the murder charge, online jail records show Herron faces two counts of aggravated assault. The charges stem from an attempt to run over two other individuals earlier that same day.

No further information was immediately available.