Kilpatrick pal a recurring figure during trial testimony

Derrick Miller

Derrick Miller

Former Kwame Kilpatrick aide Derrick Miller wore rose-colored sunglasses to court when he struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors in fall 2011.

Prosecutors don’t want that rosy view when Miller takes the witness stand today to help the government send Kilpatrick to prison for 20 years.

Miller, known within Kilpatrick’s inner circle as “Zeke” or “Point Guard,” could have an extended stint on the witness stand. He is expected to testify about bribery, extortion and delivering Kilpatrick a $10,000 payoff inside a restaurant bathroom.

Miller, who moved to Virginia after leaving the Kilpatrick administration, has made several cameos during the trial.

He intimidated a powerful businesswoman during a Mackinac Island in 2002. Miller Former Soave Enterprises executive Kathleen McCann testified Miller leaned on her to hire Bobby Ferguson before the city approved a $50 million sewer deal in 2002.

Miller also was a frequent flier on Air Soave and sat on a powerful — and pro-Kilpatrick — city board that awarded Kilpatrick pal Bobby Ferguson’s firm a $7 million deal despite low bid results.

While we wait for Miller to testify, check out his plea deal.

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at rsnell@detnews.com or (313) 222-2028.