Crime

Miller ticket case sent to Fayette grand jury

A ticket scam allegation against former University of Kentucky basketball player Derrick Miller was waived Monday morning to a Fayette County grand jury.

Miller was charged with one count of theft by deception, a felony, in Lexington. Police have said Miller accepted payment in advance for UK basketball tickets when the tickets weren't available to him to sell. The grand jury will consider whether Miller should be indicted.

Miller faces similar charges in at least four other counties. Last month, Miller pleaded guilty in Clark County to two amended charges of criminal attempt, a misdemeanor.

He was sentenced to serve 360 days in jail, according to the Clark County circuit clerk's office. Police said two Winchester businessmen paid $2,595 for tickets to UK basketball games but never received the tickets.

Another former UK basketball player, Ed Davender, has been indicted on 23 counts of theft by deception on allegations that he ran a $70,000 ticket scam in Fayette County. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Miller played at UK from 1986 to 1990. He and Davender were teammates during Miller's first two seasons at UK. During his senior year, Miller was captain and the leading scorer for Rick Pitino's first Kentucky team. That year, Miller set the UK record that 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.

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