Deters: Accused spree killer said 'he would have continued to kill' if police didn't stop him

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is seeking the death penalty against a man he says went on a "spree killing" last month, fatally shooting four people possibly within hours.

At a news conference Friday, Deters said 42-year-old Alto Miles, a prison parolee, has been indicted on four counts of aggravated murder.

According to Deters, Miles told police after his arrest that "had they not stopped him, he would have continued to kill."



Investigators believe the first two killed were Miles' onetime girlfriend, 35-year-old Tasia Mason and 56-year-old Bridgett Carter. Their bodies were found April 10 at an apartment in the 800 block of Clinton Springs Avenue in North Avondale. It's not known exactly when they were shot.



That same day, William Bowen III, 28, and Michael Eves, 47, were fatally shot at an apartment in the 3600 block of Reading Road in Avondale.

Records show Miles' current address is an apartment building on Reading Road a few blocks away. He "was acquainted with Bowen," Deters said.

Deters said convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkand killed four people in two and a half years. Miles, he said, killed four people "in as short a time as three to four hours."

According to the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation, Miles was released from prison in 2018 and is currently on parole. He was sentenced to two years after being convicted in 2016 of trafficking heroin and cocaine.

Miles' adult criminal history includes numerous convictions for drug possession and trafficking. He has served multiple prison sentences.

Deters said this week is the first time in his decades-long career that he's announced two death penalty cases in the same week.

"This is the beginning of the end for this defendant," he said.

On Wednesday, Deters announced he was seeking the death penalty against 42-year-old Terry Blankenship who officials say in March rammed his car into Springdale police Officer Kaia Grant on Interstate 275, killing her.

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