Opening statements for Round Rock kidnapping case begin Tuesday

KXAN | 1/29/2019 | Staff
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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Opening statements began Tuesday in a federal case against a man accused of kidnapping two sisters from their Round Rock home on New Year's Eve, 2017.

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Terry Allen Miles, 45, faces federal charges after police say he took two girls, ages 7 and 14 at the time, to Colorado. Both girls were found unharmed and Miles was indicted on kidnapping charges by a federal grand jury in February 2018.

Jury selection for the federal case took place Monday, resulting in the selection of 12 jurors and two alternates. In all, 55 people were summoned to appear for jury selection in this case.

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Opening statements by attorneys representing the federal government and Terry Miles started at 9 a.m.

Prosecutors argued that Miles was having regular sexual activity with the then 14-year-old girl.

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On Dec. 29, 2017, they told jurors in their opening statement that Miles and the girls' mother, Tonya Bates, got into an argument and Miles blugeoned Bates to death. In a panic, prosecutors say Miles hastily packed up, then fled Round Rock in the middle of the night with the girls in their mother's vehicle.

The federal government argues the kidnapping came as a result of Miles killing the girls' mother. They said the older daughter knew her mother was dead, but that the younger girl did not.

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The defense argued it was Bates' "high-risk lifestyle" that exposed her and her daughters to serious danger. The defense alleges that Bates was selling her body -- putting out advertisements for sex -- and said she had "many, many sexual encounters with strangers."

Attorneys for Miles said that from time to...
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