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Sleepover killing suspect ‘a private person’

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Posted: Wednesday, June 7, 2006 11:39 am | Updated: 5:02 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Deborah Rednour said Tuesday she had no idea that the man living in her home had a police record. Rednour described her housemate, Michael Craig Lance, suspected of killing 15-year-old Lyndsey Miles of Queen Creek, as a “very private person,” who never caused any problems.

Rednour and Lance were childhood friends. He was renting a room from her.

“People are probably thinking, ‘Oh my God, how could she let him live in her home?’ ” said Rednour of Gilbert. “I didn’t know it. He wouldn’t have been living here if I knew he had drug stuff and a gun.”

Court records show Lance had run-ins with police, including a 1984 arrest on suspicion of sexual abuse.

Miles was staying Sunday with her friend, Rednour’s daughter, Stephenie Johnston, when she was shot five times in the back of the head and once in the back.

A 911 tape released Tuesday reveals the terror Rednour and Johnston experienced after waking to the sound of gunshots.

“I heard loud noises at my house,” Rednour screamed to the dispatcher. “Oh my God, help me! Lyndsey! She has blood all over her. There’s gun shells in my house.”

Rednour yelled Miles’ name repeatedly. Her daughter tried to calm her. “My friend got shot, I think. There’s blood all over. Hurry!” Johnston told dispatchers.

Rednour also said she hasn’t spoken to Miles’ mother since the shooting and doesn’t know how to reach her.

“I’m so sorry that it happened when I’m supposed to be taking care of her daughter,” Rednour said.

She said Miles was a wonderful girl who loved to laugh.

“We’d watch movies. We’d sit and talk. We’d listen to music. She

was one of my best friends,” Johnston said.

How to help

Memorial fund: Contributions to the Lyndsey Miles Memorial Fund, account number 262-828-1590, can be made at any Wells Fargo bank.

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