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Trial begins for woman accused of vehicular homicide in Chippewa County

Published: Jan. 18, 2022 at 12:59 PM CST
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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - The first day of a trial for a woman accused of vehicular homicide in Chippewa County is done.

23-year-old Miranda Jo Miller of Edgar is charged with homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle in Chippewa County.

On Tuesday, the state and defense presented their cases to a 12-person jury in Chippewa County Circuit Court. The defense motioned to dismiss, but the court found that the state met the burden of proof and denied the motion, according to online court records.

Miller waived her right to testify during the first day of the trial.

The second day of the trial, which was expected to last two days, begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, according to online court records.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) - A woman is on trial for homicide by negligent operation of a vehicle in Chippewa County.

The jury trial for 23-year-old Miranda Jo Miller of Edgar began Tuesday in Chippewa County Circuit Court.

Miller’s charge comes from a July 2017 crash in the Town of Colburn in Chippewa County that killed Jeremy Goodwin of Chippewa Falls, who was 46 years old at the time of the crash. According to court documents, Miller drove through a stop sign before hitting Goodwin’s vehicle. Miller told investigators she was checking her phone on the seat next to her for a signal but doesn’t remember the crash.

On Tuesday, jurors were selected and seated and evidence was presented during the first day of the trial, which is expected to last two days, according to online court records. If convicted, Miller faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum penalty of $25,000.

(WEAU)

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