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8:30 a.m., June 23
Jury selection has begun for a Kansas City man accused of stealing three pounds of marijuana at gunpoint, more than two years ago, in San Diego County.
The prosecution alleges that Phillip Esquire Miller IV, now 28, complained of the price and quality of the leafy medicine available at a medical marijuana dispensary in downtown San Diego, in April of 2010.
A passerby referred Miller to someone in the community of Vista, in northern San Diego County, from whom Miller was supposed to obtain satisfactory marijuana, according to allegations found in court documents.
Prosecutor Patrick Espinoza has charged Miller with attempted murder and robbery and assault with a firearm, for allegedly robbing the Vista man of cash and marijuana and other belongings, in his own home.
Miller and an alleged accomplice were stopped in their rental car two days later, by law enforcement in Colorado, according to allegations in court files. The trial for this case has been delayed by legal proceedings in Colorado, according to statements made in the Vista courthouse today.
Phillip Esquire Miller pleads not guilty to all charges and allegations, and remains free on bond previously posted. He is represented by privately retained attorney Herbert Weston.