Son-in-Law Accused of Ravenwood Drive Murder Denied Bond

Scott Miles

Lynchburg, VA -There are new details in the brutal killing of an 86-year-old Lynchburg woman.

Prosecutors said Scott Miles was using heroin, recently unemployed and planning on taking his own life the day Lynda Slocum died.

A Lynchburg judge denied the Hopewell man's request for $50,000 bond Monday afternoon.

Miles is charged with the first-degree murder of Lynda Slocum, 86, found beaten to death inside her Ravenwood Drive home last December.

Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Chuck Felmlee opposed bond, claiming Miles is a flight risk and danger to the community.

Felmlee said an autopsy revealed Slocum's neck had been snapped, spinal column broken and several ribs were cracked.

"He's an unemployed heroin addict who's lied to police and accused of brutally killing an elderly lady," Felmlee said, referring to Miles in court.

On December 19th, prosecutors say Miles planned on taking his own life, but drove to Lynchburg and killed Lynda Slocum instead.

They described the killing as very personal-- a blanket covering Slocum's head.

Felmlee said DNA evidence, witnesses, and cell phone records all tie Miles to the murder.

He's expected to remain at the Lynchburg Detention Center until trial October 28.