Miles faces murder, DUI charges in death of Samantha Spade

(WARSAW, KY) -- A Gallatin County Grand Jury has indicted Matthew Neil Miles in the death of 18 year old Samantha Spade.

Spade was killed on November 3, 2007 when police say Miles crossed the center line of US 127 in Gallatin County, hitting her car head on.

Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders tells alcohol was a factor in the crash.  Sanders was appointed special prosecutor in the case because Miles is the son of the Gallatin County clerk, causing a conflict of interest for the Gallatin County prosecutor.

Samantha Spade was valedictorian of her high school class and president of the school's S.A.D.D. chapter.

The indictment includes charges of Wanton Murder and Aggravated DUI.  The murder charge carries a penalty of 20-50 years or life in prison.  The DUI charge carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.

No arraignment date has been set.

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