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Matthews returns to face murder charge

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Indiana man accused in July death of 1998 OCHS graduate Adam Gregg

By Kenny Colston

An Indiana man accused of killing a graduate of Oldham County High School several months ago has been extradited back to Kentucky to face charges of murder and theft by unlawful taking, auto.

Miles J. Matthews, 27, of Corydon, Ind., is accused of murdering Adam N. Gregg, 34, of Louisville, on July 17. Matthews was in Oldham County District Court on Monday, pleading not guilty to the charges in his initial arraignment.

Matthews was arrested in Watertown, N.Y. in a Chrysler Sebring owned by Gregg’s father, just days after Gregg’s body was found at a home off U.S. 42 in Oldham County. Matthews then spent weeks fighting his extradition back to Oldham County. He finally returned last Friday and he was officially arrested on the charges once he was being processed at the Oldham County Jail.

According to the arrest warrant, Matthews’ bond was set at $1 million cash, but Matthews was not allowed to post bond, according to Oldham County District Court Judge Diane Wheeler. His next court date will be Sept. 17.

Details on why Matthews would be implicated in Gregg’s death have been scarce, but the arrest warrant, criminal complaint and other documents in the case paint a clearer picture of what happened over several days in July.

According to the documents, drugs may have been a factor in the incident. The report said the father of Matthews told police his son had a “recurring drug problem.” And Gregg told his father on the phone during his trip with Matthews that the accused admitted to owing “money to a drug dealer.”

The report said Gregg first met Matthews around noon on July 17 as a driver for his father’s, Robert Gregg’s, taxi company. Adam Gregg arrived at the Red Roof Inn on Preston Highway, after Matthews had arranged for a pick-up.

Several hours after the pick-up, Adam Gregg called his father, giving him Matthews’ name, as well as an alias of Chris Matthews, and telling his father Matthews had informed Adam Gregg that he “owed a lot of money to a drug dealer,” according to the complaint.

During the call, Adam Gregg told his father Matthews had requested to be driven to an area around U.S. 42 and Ky. Hwy. 393 in Oldham County to get some money. But after that call, Adam Gregg did not return phone calls from his father, according to the complaint.

Roughly 30 minutes after Adam Gregg’s last phone call to his father, a cyclist traveling down U.S. 42 said he noticed a “dark colored car” sitting in the driveway of 5400 U.S. 42, where Gregg’s body was later found. According to the witness, a dark-haired male was sitting in the car’s rear passenger seat.

Roughly 90 minutes after the cyclist passed the car, a resident of the property returned home, noticing a large red spot under a tree near the driveway. Four hours after arriving home, the resident returned to the red spot, then noticed a body nearby which was later identified as Adam Gregg, the report said.

Witnesses at the Red Roof Inn told police they had observed Matthews being picked-up in a Chrysler Sebring, which was owned by Robert Gregg’s taxi company. Hotel officials confirmed Matthews had been staying at the hotel for a few days before being picked up.

According to the documents, the autopsy report on Adam Gregg noted multiple stab wounds to his neck, torso and arm. Defensive injuries were noticeabe on Adam Gregg’s hands, the report said, and the injuries were apparently made with a small knife.

A witness who placed Matthews getting into Adam Gregg’s vehicle at the Red Roof Inn later confirmed to police he saw Matthews holding a small folding pocket knife several days before July 17, the criminal complaint said.

But according to documents in Matthews’ case file, he was already on the run from the law before he met Adam Gregg on July 17.

According to search warrants executed in the case, Matthews originally checked into the hotel on July 14 without a vehicle. According to an interview with Matthews’ father, Jason, the accused left his Corydon residence with his father’s 1994 Mazda pick-up truck without permission. Jason Matthews was unable to report the truck stolen because his son had previously been able to use the vehicle, according to the documents. Other property was also stolen by Miles, his father reported, but was recovered in Indiana.

Police later discovered Miles Matthews had driven the pick-up from Corydon to Family Metals in La Grange, where he sold the truck. He was picked up from the company by another car in Robert Gregg’s taxi service.

Jason Matthews also informed police he believed his son had a “recurring drug problem” and that Miles had “relapsed into using opiates” based on a home drug test Jason had administered on Miles, according to the report.

Based on the interview with Jason Matthews, police later recovered an iPhone and Samsung phones in the Sebring owned by Gregg in which Miles Matthews was arrested. The phones reportedly belong to Miles Matthews, according to the report. Police said blood was found on the iPhone, which Jason said his son owned on his father’s telephone account. The Samsung phone was recovered after witnesses at the hotel Miles stayed in told police they saw him using that phone as well.

And while several documents in the case refer to police locating documents, USB drives and other information they believe could link Gregg and Matthews before July 17, so far no definitive proof has come forward, according to the documents.

Gregg, a Louisville resident, was a 1998 graduate of Oldham County High School. Much of his family still lives in La Grange.

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