Castro-Miles

Erika Castro-Miles testifies during her bond hearing last month for first-degree murder charges in Dickson County. She pleaded guilty to drug charges in Cheatham County.

A woman who is facing a first-degree murder charge in Dickson for the death of a sheriff’s deputy pleaded guilty to drug and paraphernalia possession in Cheatham County in December, according to court records.

Erika Castro-Miles, 38, was cited for the misdemeanors following a May 29, 2018, incident involving Steven Wiggins, the man who was also charged in the death of Dickson County Sgt. Daniel Baker in May.

She pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor drug charges at a Dec. 18 hearing and was sentenced to serve 11 months and 29 days for each charge, with the sentences running concurrently.

At about 5 a.m. on May 29, a deputy arrived at the 123 Luyben Hills Road motel and spoke with Castro-Miles, who had alerted authorities of a domestic assault against her, according to an incident report.

After spending the night together, Wiggins and Castro-Miles got into an argument and Wiggins slapped Castro-Miles, pulled her hair out and threatened to kill her after putting a gun to her head, she told the deputy.

The motel room had a bloodstain on the pillow, pieces of long hair on the ground and several bullets on the bed, according to the report. There was also a small bag of marijuana on the ground, which Castro-Miles claimed as her own.

After the fight, Castro-Miles was able to get away and call police, she said, according to the report. That’s when Wiggins drove away in her car without permission.

Castro-Miles was given a misdemeanor citation for the bag of marijuana and a warrant was created for Wiggins for aggravated domestic assault and theft of a vehicle.

The next day, Wiggins and Castro-Miles were in Castro-Miles’ car when Baker was fatally shot. Wiggins has been charged with shooting Baker, impersonating him and attempting to set him and his patrol car on fire. Castro-Miles has also been charged with first-degree murder.

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