A 29-year-old Ardmore woman was bound over for trial Thursday on two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in connection with an April 28 “run over” incident that critically injured 20-year-old Shelby Miller and claimed the life of her unborn child.

A 29-year-old Ardmore woman was bound over for trial Thursday on two counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon in connection with an April 28 “run over” incident that critically injured 20-year-old Shelby Miller and claimed the life of her unborn child.

 

District Attorney Craig Ladd said Special District Judge Thomas Baldwin ordered Veronica Jaramillo bound over for trial, after hearing two witnesses testify in the case. Ladd said Ardmore Police Officer Chris Clark testified he responded to a disturbance call at a South Commerce Street bar about 1:30 a.m. April 28.  When he arrived, Jaramillo reported she and a male companion had been involved in a dispute with two members of Miller’s family. Jaramillo sought the arrest of the two, who had left the establishment. Clark told the judge he explained the complaint would be investigated, but the allegations revolved around a misdemeanor and no arrests would be made. The officer said Jaramillo also told him the people she and her companion argued with resided on Hailey Street.

 

Clark testified he was answering another call less than an hour later when he heard police dispatchers send officers to Hailey Street in response to an altercation.

 

An eye witnesses also testified Jaramillo and her male companion arrived at the Hailey Street residence in separate cars. During the incident that spilled into the street, Jaramillo apparently attempted to drive through the crowd and Miller was struck. Miller was taken to the local hospital and later airlifted to a medical facility in Oklahoma City. She was admitted in critical condition with multiple injuries. She subsequently lost the baby she was carrying.

 

Members of Miller’s family launched an immediate Internet campaign calling for Jaramillo’s arrest and charges including murder.

 

Ardmore police investigated the case, turning their reports over to Ladd May 17. Two weeks later the district attorney filed the charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon saying, “Some have questioned why Jaramillo was not arrested immediately and why it has taken several weeks for a charging decision to be made. It should be noted that this case involves a very unique set of circumstances, and as a result, it was necessary for the police department to conduct a more extensive investigation than is typically required before either an arrest or a charging decision could occur.”

 

Ladd also denied Internet claims he promised Miller’s family an additional charge of murder based on further study of case law.

 

At the time charges were filed, Ladd said he was not seeking a warrant for Jarmillo’s immediate arrest, saying “Irven Box (Oklahoma City attorney) represents Veronica and will appear with her for her initial appearance...,”
Box also represented Jaramillo Thursday during the preliminary hearing.

 

Formal arraignment is set for Oct. 10. Jaramillo, who has posted a $15,000 bond, remains free pending the outcome of the case.