By Reggie Ross
A Winona man who is facing multiple sexual-related charges in Montgomery, Carroll and Webster counties was bound over to a Montgomery County grand jury Tuesday.
Christopher Lamar Miller, 39, appeared in Montgomery County Justice Court early Tuesday morning, where he is charged with four counts of sexual battery, seven counts of molesting a child for lustful purposes and six counts of having sexual material.
In Montgomery County Justice Court, Miller waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and Judge Keith Stokes Roberts set a bond of $50,000 for each of the 11 felony cases Miller is charged with in Montgomery County — $550,000. He is also to have no contact with the victims.
Grenada attorney Leon Johnson was appointed defense counsel.
Charges against Miller stemmed from an investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department. According to Montgomery County Sheriff Bubba Nix, Miller was brought in for questioning on July 9.
“I made a phone call to him [Miller] and he spoke with us,” Nix said.
Nix said evidence such as computers and hard drives were collected from Miller’s home, and was taken to the Cyber Crime Unit of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office to be examined.
According to Carroll County Deputy Rob Banks, Miller also faces three counts of sexual battery and two counts of molesting a child for lustful purposes in Carroll County.
“[Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department] worked together on this case, and we learned some of the cases date back to 2003,” Banks said.
According to Nix, Miller is also facing charges in Webster County. Chief Deputy Jeff Mann of the Webster County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday that the WCSD was still in the process of questioning Miller and confirmed that he could face multiple charges. Mann said the county sheriff’s office would know more about the charges by the end of week.
Additional reporting by Daniel Brunty of the Progress-Times