Miller's attempted murder trial rescheduled

February 18, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

William David Miller's Indiana trial for attempted murder of Gravel Switch drug kingpin Mike Hays has been postponed until at least June.

Miller, of Lancaster, is set to be sentenced Feb. 26 in U.S. District Court, along with Hays and members of both their families who pled guilty to drug conspiracy charges.

During the federal trial of Miller's son, David Scott - who was found not guilty - Miller testified that he shot Hays in the back of the head at a Shellmart in Odon, Ind. Miller said Hays had made threats to his family and that he did it because he feared for his life.

Hays didn't testify at the trial.

The federal case has hampered preparations for Miller's attempted murder trial in Indiana said Mike Chestnut, Miller's Indiana attorney.

Many of those who would be witnesses in the Indiana trail were also defendants in the federal drug case, and getting depositions had been a problem, Chestnut said.


"We get stonewalled everywhere we go."

Once the federal case is over at the end of the month Chestnut expects that preparations for Miller's trial will proceed more quickly.

The other reason the Indiana trial was postponed, Chestnut said, was because of a backlog of cases in the Indiana 49th Judicial Circuit Court.

The office of Indiana Prosecuting Attorney Byron Overton said that they couldn't comment on why the case had taken so long to go to trial.

It has been postponed several times.

The federal case began when Miller shot Hays in May. Indiana police then discovered the body of Rusty Marshall, a Danville man, on land leased by Hays near Odon.

Hays has admitted that he wrapped Marshall's body in plastic, put it in a horse trailer and buried it. He will be sentenced for that crime on Feb. 26 and also for crimes connected to his being the ringleader of a 10-year-old marijuana farm with fields in Indiana, Wisconsin and Ohio.

Others being sentenced and their charges are:

* Trena Hays, Michael's wife; her son, Derek Brummett; and Dean Heckathorn of Michigan; for helping to conceal Marshall's death and drug conspiracy.

They face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for concealing Marshall's death, and it's a possible life sentence for growing and selling drugs.

The Hayses and Brummett agreed in court to forfeit $4 million in land, farm equipment, vehicles, cattle and Michael Hays' prized draft horses, bought with money earned from the sale of their crop.

* Beverly Hall, Miller's daughter; Frank Hall, Miller's former son-in-law; William Beasley, of Lawrenceburg and Alan Grass, of Wisconsin, pled guilty to drug conspiracy charges. They each face 10 years to life in prison.

No one has been charged with Marshall's death, but it is being treated as a homicide by Indiana State Police.

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