Walter Mencken 8 a.m., July 30
Three-year-old case for Phillip Miller delayed again
Man accused of missing shot-to-the-head after smoking sample pot
A Kansas City man accused of missing a point-blank shot-to-the-head during a marijuana robbery three years ago, had his trial delayed again yesterday, in San Diego’s North County Courthouse.
It was in April of 2010 when Phillip Esquire Miller IV put a gun to the head of a man from whom he took three pounds of marijuana, according to a prosecutor.
Miller made acquaintance of one man at a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown San Diego, and the two reportedly commiserated about the poor quality and high price of “medicine” available there. According to testimony at a court hearing a year later, that acquaintance referred Miller to a man in Vista who would sell him three pounds of better marijuana at a better price. Miller is accused of going to that man’s home on April 21, 2010, and smoking samples of “Kush” marijuana for more than one hour, before he put a gun to the head of his intended victim. The alleged victim survived to testify against Miller in court.
Prosecutor Patrick Espinoza has charged Miller with attempted murder and armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon – reportedly a .40 caliber Glock handgun. The case was filed as a three-strikes-crime, with life in prison as a possible sentence; the prosecutor alleges Miller has prior felony convictions.
Phillip Esquire Miller IV, now 28, pleads not guilty to all charges through his private defense attorney, Herb Weston. Miller, who is currently at liberty on bond, reportedly lives in Kansas City, Missouri. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 14, 2013, in San Diego’s North County Superior Court.
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