Flyer boy for bogus charity killed man outside House of Blues ‘due to mere words,’ officials say

CHICAGO — Prosecutors have revealed new details about the murder of Andrew Hulburt, the Chicago man who died after being punched in the head as he left a concert at the House of Blues on November 15.

During a detention hearing over the weekend, prosecutors said Jamie Miller, 29, was soliciting money outside the venue for a “fictitious school basketball program” when Hulburt swore at him.

Miller responded by walking up to Hulburt and punching him once in the left temple, causing Hulburt to fall backward and strike his head on the pavement, according to the state’s detention petition. Hulburt never regained consciousness, and the medical examiner determined he suffered from a dissected vertebral artery.

Prosecutors said the attack was caught on video. Additional video showed Miller walking to a car and leaving the area. According to officials, three eyewitnesses identified him in photo lineups.

Jamie Miller | Chicago Police Department; Google

Judge Kelly McCarthy granted the state’s detention request, remarking that Miller’s alleged willingness to kill someone “due to mere words” makes him a threat to the community.

Chicago police records show Miller has a long history of soliciting money for fake charities downtown.

In 2015, he received one year of court supervision for theft by deception after he was caught “soliciting money for a fictitious basketball team” and “Operation Save Our Son’s” at the Millennium Park Metra station.

Prosecutors dropped charges of soliciting for a charity without a license in 2017 and again in 2019 after Chicago police said they saw Miller running a similar hustle near Millennium Park.

“PLEASE SUPPORT THE ENGLEWOOD YOUTH,” read a flyer seized by police in 2015. When police arrested him for soliciting for a “bucket boys” charity in 2017, Miller was carrying $498 cash, according to his arrest report.

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