Crime

Ex-Wildcat Miller pleads not guilty to theft in alleged ticket scam

Former University of Kentucky basketball player Derrick Miller pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of theft by deception stemming from an alleged ticket scam in Fayette County.

Miller, 42, of Lexington appeared in Fayette District Court in a blue jumpsuit and handcuffs. He had been transported from the Clark County jail, where he is being held on two felony charges of theft by deception. Miller also faces similar charges in Bell and Hardin counties.

Lexington police have said that Miller accepted payment in advance for UK basketball tickets that weren't available to him. That charge followed the Sept. 1 arrest of former UK star Ed Davender who is charged in a similar alleged scam. Davender's case has been sent to a Fayette County grand jury.

Miller played at UK 1986-90. He and Davender were teammates during Miller's first two seasons at UK.

During his senior year at UK, Miller was captain and leading scorer for Rick Pitino's first Kentucky team. That year, Miller set the UK record he still holds for most three-point attempts in one season, with 298. He made 99 of those shots, the third-most in one season.

Miller is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Nov. 9.

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