LA GRANGE, KY (WAVE) - After being captured near Canada, a southern Indiana man charged with murdering a Louisville taxi driver went before a Commonwealth judge.
Miles Matthews, 27, of Corydon, IN appeared in Oldham County District Court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday afternoon. Matthews is accused of murdering Adam Gregg, 34, of Louisville back in July.
With his image over their hearts in the form of a button, family of Gregg dabbed at tears while paying close attention as Oldham County Police Detective Scott Crigler testified in the murder of the husband, brother and son.
"During an interview with Mr. Gregg's wife," began Crigler, "she state that she had contacted Adam Gregg, the victim at approximately 15:00, or 3 p.m. that day and had spoke to him. He had told her that he was in Oldham County and was on his way back to pick her up. It would take approximately a half an hour."
Crigler said Gregg never showed up.
Matthews is charged with murder, accused of stabbing Gregg to death before taking off in the taxi driver's car on July 17. Hours later, a homeowner discovered Gregg's lifeless body in her rural driveway near her Goshen home.
Three days later, New York State Police discovered Gregg's car in Watertown near the Canadian border. After locating Matthews inside, troopers detained him.
Crigler said Oldham County Police had been working with both Louisville Metro Police and New York State Police on the investigation.
Through the joint effort, detectives had been able to uncover key evidence they believed linked Matthews to the case.
"They spoke to the desk clerk and then they spoke to two guests which had stayed in a room adjacent to the one Mr. Matthews was determined to have stayed in. Those guests stated that they saw Mr. Matthews get into a vehicle that was described as being identical to Mr. Gregg's silver car," said Crigler. "One of the guests got a partial plate which matched up with Mr. Gregg's Chrysler."
In addition to witness accounts, Crigler cited phone records as well as the use of Gregg's credit card following his death.
"The calls originated from Mr. Gregg's phone. The calls came from the Prospect area from the cell tower located behind the Thornton's on US 42 near the county line," said Crigler. "We checked the register receipts. We observed Mr. Matthews on video purchasing a pack of cigarettes, Gatorade, a cigarette lighter and some bandages and when he purchased the cigarettes. The clerk--you need to see his ID--and Mr. Matthews' date of birth was punched into the computer."
Following Crigler's testimony and questioning by both the prosecution and defense, the district court judge found the Commonwealth's Assistant Prosecuting Attorney had established probable cause in the case.
Matthews' case will now go to the grand jury.
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