Armed robbery case headed back to Criminal Court

Published 6:34 pm Friday, August 4, 2017

An armed robbery case remanded to General Sessions Court for a preliminary hearing is now headed back to Criminal Court.

On July 3, Criminal Court Judge Stacy Street remanded the case against Charles Miller, 27, of 304 Dennis Cove Road, Hampton, for a preliminary hearing. Miller faces charges of aggravated assault, aggravated robbery (with a weapon), and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Subscribe to our free email newsletter

Get the latest news sent to your inbox

A hearing was scheduled to take place in General Sessions Court on Friday morning, but the hearing did not take place.

Assistant District Attorney Ryan Curtis informed the General Sessions Judge Keith Bowers Jr. that the State had not been able to locate the alleged victim in the case to notify her she needed to appear in court for the hearing.

“Your Honor, I believe the remedy to this case is in Criminal Court,” Curtis said.

Miller’s attorney, Nikki Himebaugh, informed Bowers the case was already on the docket to be heard in Criminal Court on August 28.

Bowers then signed an order sending the case back to Criminal Court.

“The above-styled case, previously remanded to the Carter County General Sessions Court for preliminary hearing, was unable to be heard due to the State failing to produce a key witness,” the order signed by Bowers states. “Without objection from either party, the case will be heard again in the Criminal Court of Carter County on August 28, 2017.”

The charges against Miller stem from an investigation by the Carter County Sheriff’s Office into the report of an armed robbery which allegedly occurred on Oct. 25, 2015.

The alleged victim in the case told officers she went to Miller’s home on Dennis Cove Road and he got into her vehicle, held a gun to her head, and took her cell phone and purse.