Case continued for New Britain man charged with killing his wife

Published on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:38
Written by LISA BACKUS


NEW BRITAIN - The case against a man accused of killing his wife and taking off with his young daughter in April was continued Tuesday.

The continuance was granted in New Britain Superior Court to give Patrick Miles’ attorney more time to review evidence.

Miles, 38, of 48 North Mountain Road, was the subject of an extensive manhunt in last spring.

Police responded to an anonymous report of a domestic violence incident at his home and found his estranged wife, Yasheeka, unresponsive with a gunshot wound to her head. She was pronounced dead a short time later.

Miles pleaded not guilty to a murder charge in August.

Superior Court Judge told Yasheeka Miles’ parents and the others at the time that it will take a while for anything substantive to happen in the case.

Family members were in the courtroom Tuesday as Miles’ public defender, Damian Tucker, asked for a continuance until March 9 to review evidence provided by prosecutor Brett Salafia.

Miles has been held on $2.5 million bond since his arrest on April 26.

On the night of Yasheeka Miles’ death, Miles touched off an Amber Alert and a race by police to find his 2-year-old daughter after officers noticed toys in the home while inspecting the crime scene.

Miles left the child in Brooklyn, N.Y. with family members who called police to report they had the child after seeing the Amber Alert on Facebook.

Miles had been sentenced to probation in connection with two domestic violence cases involving his wife on March 23. His wife had left him and was seeking a better life when she was killed, friends said.

He was found in a West Springfield, Mass., house a few days after his wife’s murder in April.

Lisa Backus can be reached at 860-801-5066 or

Posted in New Britain Herald, New Britain on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:38. Updated: Tuesday, 9 January 2018 22:40.