A Weakley County man is facing criminal charges in the death of a Tennessee College of Applied Technology student in Paris in February.
Anthony Lee, 20, of Gleason faces charges of vehicular homicide, reckless homicide and criminally negligent homicide in the death of Chris Miller after Miller fell from the bed of a pickup truck on Feb. 5 while in the campus’ parking lot in Paris.
Miller was 19 at the time of his death. He was from Big Rock in Stewart County but was attending the vocational school here.
Lee was indicted when a Henry County grand jury met in Paris July 6. His case was one of a group of “secret” indictments from that session, meaning Lee’s name was not to be released until he was arrested by authorities.
The indictment states Lee recklessly operated a motor vehicle and engaged in criminally negligent conduct, causing serious bodily injury and resulting in the death of Miller.
Lee was not arrested as of Tuesday afternoon, but Paris Police Asst. Chief Ean Reed said the department has been in contact with Lee’s attorney.
“Lee is currently in contact with his attorney, and his attorney has reached out to us. We will be in contact with his attorney to hopefully get him to surrender himself,” said Reed.
Reed also said the PPD would be releasing a statement on the matter this morning.
Lee will have a bond set at $50,000 when he is eventually taken into custody.
The Post-Intelligencer has contacted Matt Stowe, district attorney general for the 24th Judicial District, numerous times since late June to discuss the Miller case, but Stowe has not responded. A spokesman in his office said Tuesday Stowe was on vacation this week.
Miller was a student in an auto body class at the school.
He and other class members were taking trash away from the school in a pickup truck on the afternoon of Feb. 5, not long before school was to be dismissed for the day.
Indications are that there were other students in the bed of the truck, and that Miller, who was on the autism spectrum, was on the tailgate. At some point, he fell off the tailgate and was injured.
He was airlifted to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville with severe brain trauma and spent several days in a medically induced coma before his death.
Miller was known in Stewart County for having created a comic strip character when he was in middle school.
That character was known as Captain Spectrum, a superhero who helped children who had been bullied.