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Felony murder trial starts next week

Published:   |   Updated: March 7, 2013 at 04:30 PM

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Brittany Miles appeared in Judge Daniel Merritt Jr.'s court Thursday morning for a pretrial hearing, dressed in her Pasco jail orange and white striped uniform.

In May 2011, Miles, now 23, went on a two-county rampage after being arrested on DUI charges in Pasco County that left a man dead and a sheriff's deputy injured.

Last November, Miles was found guilty of battery on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude and driving under the influence.

In December, Miles was sentenced to 15 years for the offenses.

Miles is a former exotic dancer and is the daughter of Hernando sheriff's deputy Debra Miles.

On May 10, 2011, Miles managed to wiggle out of her handcuffs and escape custody from Pasco County Sheriff's Deputy Ashley Grady. Miles took off in her Dodge Ram pickup truck, and Grady jumped on to the vehicle's running board to attempt to stop her. Grady said Miles pushed her off and into the southbound lane of U.S. 19.

Grady received a concussion from the fall, as well as a broken tibia and cuts on her arms and the back of her head.

Miles ran a red light near County Line Road in Hernando County, and hit Henry McCain, 67, who was riding his motorcycle. McCain died from his injuries, and his family received a $175,000 settlement from the Pasco Sheriff's Office.

Merritt said the trial is set to start next week with jury selection on Monday and opening statements Tuesday morning.

If convicted, Miles could receive a life sentence. (352) 544-5283

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