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WilCo DA waiting for Terry Miles' federal kidnapping case to finish to assess charges

Despite Williamson County not yet filing any charges against a kidnapping suspect from 2017, the district attorney has been keeping a close eye on the federal case underway this week. “There’s very few cases like this that happen in Williamson County,” said District Attorney Shawn Dick. (CBS Austin)

Despite Williamson County not yet filing any charges against a kidnapping suspect from 2017, the district attorney has been keeping a close eye on the federal case underway this week.

“There’s very few cases like this that happen in Williamson County,” said District Attorney Shawn Dick.

In late December of 2017, Round Rock Police sought the help of federal authorities to find of Terry Miles and the two daughters of Tonya Bates after Bates was found dead in her Round Rock home.

Four days into the search, Miles was found at a camping site in southern Colorado with the two girls.

This week, Terry Miles is on trial for kidnapping in federal court in Austin and prosecutors are probing his intent with Bates' daughters.

One of the girls testified in court this week saying, while in Round Rock, Miles offered to pay for sex with her the first time the two were alone.

“We’ve been discussing (the case) and reviewing it as it’s gone along,” said Dick.

Police have only listed Miles as a person of interest in the murder of Bates. “Everything the young lady is saying in the courtroom, is certainly something we need to evaluate,” Dick said.

One of the girls who took the stand this week testified that Miles killed her mom after an argument.

Police told the court that Bates was killed by blunt force trauma. “We want to make sure the person that’s responsible for the homicide is held accountable, we just want to make sure we can do it with sufficient evidence,” said Dick.

Once the federal case is complete, Shawn Dick said they’ll have more information than what Round Rock Police uncovered. Terry Miles defense argued this week he was protecting the girls after finding Bates dead.

After court wasn’t held on Friday, the trial continues Monday.

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