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Brittany Miles takes the stand in Hernando County

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Brittany Miles, a woman who is accused of killing a motorcyclist after a car chase, is taking the stand Thursday in her murder trial in Hernando County.

Assistant State Attorney Sonny McCathran painted a picture for jurors Wednesday of what happened in May 2011 when Brittany Miles escaped from a Pasco County deputy.

"The defendant blows through a red light at county line road and strikes a motorcyclist."

The state told the jury that miles knew what she was doing when she escaped from custody.

"The only just verdict is going to be guilty of first degree felony murder and fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer."

Defense attorney Aaron Delgato told the jury that Miles accepts responsibility for killing McCain.

"Brittany Miles will tell you because of her choices an innocent man died that day. Because of her choices Brittany Miles killed Mr. McCain."

Delgato added that Miles is guilty but only of third degree felony murder.

"Mr. McCain's tragic death occurred when she chose to flee and it was her fleeing her senseless fleeing and eluding at high speed that caused his death."

Deputy Ashley Grady was the first witness called to the stand by the state. She testified that she tried climbing through the widow of Miles' truck to stop her.

"I didn't want her to hurt somebody else. I kept saying you're going to end up crashing. You're going to end up killing us. You're going to end up hurting somebody else."

The trial is expected to take a week. If convicted of all the charges, Miles could face a mandatory life sentence.

 

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