justice for samantha spade

justice for samantha spade

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2 nickles

Jupiter, FL

#1 Nov 7, 2007
I guess if the police chief and a school bus driver ( who by the way is still driving your children to school) "get off' for DUI then I guess that the county clerks son will too.( who by the way drives like an idiot most of the time, his mommy gets him out of trouble. Thank god the state police are involved in this one. i hope he is charged for the death of a wonderful girl who actually had potential to contribute to society. when will the people of gallatin county wake up to all the family politics ? My suggestion is to get a lawyer (not local ) or it will get brushed under the rug. He needs to go to jail. Barry alexander jr killed someone in lexington and all he got was community service guess what that was driving the fire trucks and the life squad, one which he totaled
WAKE UP PEOPLE.
toughts and prayers

United States

#2 Nov 7, 2007
I would like to send my prayers to both families.The tragic and divisating car crash that is going to affect many lives in the future.I do think the driver who caused the accident should be punished and pay for the crime he committed but the family should not be to blame because being in the same situation I would have gave my life for the one my family member took from another family and being parents you have a unconditional love for your children and you do not up hold them but you do stand by them because that is unconditional.I suffer every day for what happened and would change if I could.It took alot of soul searching and a lot of prayers to be where I'm today and by no means what my child done is right or will ever be.Tragic can strike anytime and anyone and it does not matter what kind of job you have or don't have.I for one looked back at some of the choices I made in my life and if everyone would look in to the past they will discover that some of there choices could have been tragic as well because no one is perfect.I did not understand how this could happen to me and blamed god until I looked back in my past a realized how many times he saved me and my family for the wrong choices we made.
Rebecca

Cincinnati, OH

#3 Dec 15, 2007
Samantha Spade was a child of God. By no means did she ever judge one person in her life. I love her like a sister and I'd only known her for about 8 months. She'd come to be a really great friend. I do know Samantha wouldn't have judged one human being on this earth. Everyone in their lives makes mistakes. I am not a perfect angel and neither are you. 3 weeks before Samantha died, she read me a testimony she had wrote for Warsaw Baptist Church. She sang me a song, Enough by Barlowgirls. It was so beautiful. But her testimony was about imperfection. Even though she was an angel to all of us and still is today... she wanted everyone to know she wasn't perfect. NO ONE IS! My point is, only God can cast judgment on someone. I'm sure you can judge Neil Miles... but there will come a time when he will be judged by the Heavenly Father, just like you and i. I do think justice should be served. I believe that whole-heartedly. But i also believe it is not you who should cast judgment on this guy. Just think about it for one moment, go back to a time you did something so horrible in your life... are you there? Did someone judge you? Know how it feels? Instead of putting people down, we as a community should be standing up TALL MIGHT I ADD! We should lift one another up when others feel so down. We should come together as one, as the Body of Christ... AT LEAST I KNOW THAT'S THE ONLY THING SAMANTHA WOULD HAVE WANTED TO COME FROM THIS!
Samantha,
I miss you so much. You are the sweetest and most thoughtful person I've met in my life. Thank you for sharing your faith with me and trying to get me to sing at church. I miss talking to you everyday about things i don't share with anyone else. Kinda makes me feel empty. I'm trying to keep everything together for you. Also, Michael and i are looking out for Jesse for you. We know how much you loved him. I'll never forget those days at Subway when you got your chicken bacon ranch wrap and i got the Chicken Teriaki wrap. Kiss all those rubber duckies for me and save me a seat up there.
Love always,
Becca
2 nickles

Jupiter, FL

#4 Dec 17, 2007
In response to Rebecca, I am not judging anyone, a fact is a fact call it what you want, judgement or whatever, the bottom line is when people break the law and have no regard for other peoples lives or the circumstances they put families in it is basically because they do not care who they hurt or kill. That is why we have a judicial system to protect the public from people like him who become repeat offenders a the expense of others.
God does the final judgement but while you are on his earth there are people who have the power and authority to judge you by law and they can put you in jail for the rest of your life. I agree no one is an angel and no one is perfect, but tell that to a judge as your defense plea and see how far you get. People do make mistakes also but most people with any common sense do not make mistakes as costly as his, I am not coldhearted to neil or his families situation but I am sure her family would like him to be held accountable for his actions and be responsible for what he has done, I seriously doubt they are going to let him walk just because "people make mistakes"
I might add I cannot think of anything horrible that i have done in my life to anyone and as far as the community coming together to support him I think that is noble of you to encourage that. On the other hand I feel that a community should come together to put a stop on supporting people who drive under the influence just because they had a bad day or because their wife divorced them. They need serious counseling and support but they do not need to be enabled by people like you patting them on the back and saying we forgive you you made a mistake. That is a great thing to do but as long as a community behaves in this manner it is just going to continue because there is no punishment for their actions. I truly believe if someone in your family was killed by a drunk driver you would change your mind , because the grief and dispair and emptiness that you feel will never go away intil you get your justice and yes you will judge them too. I am a victim of a crime and unfortunately I do feel strongly about accountability and responsibility for your actions because if everyone would think and act like that this world would not be in the shape it is in and families would not have to suffer. I admire that you are so forgiving , and I hope you never loose a family member or a child at the hands of someone else just being reckless.
casrox

Lexington, KY

#5 Dec 22, 2007
i dont know who you are but you are so right sam was one of my good friends she was a wonderful person and i think somthing should be done this countys court system is a JOKE
2 nickles

Jupiter, FL

#7 Jan 10, 2008
The information provided to me by many people is that he left a bar after being seen drinking with his parents. and after impact of the cars his stuck speedometer read 120 miles an hour,I do not doubt that he does care , but driving like that is NO REGARD for others. I will add I have seen how he drives and this information does not come to a surprise to me or anybody else. There are many people in the community that are very angry about this issue. I know more than you think . the bottom line is he needs to be held accountable for his recklessness irregardless of who he is or who he is related to. and yes I do know him and have nothing against him or his family but politics will play a role in the outcome more than likely in that county. It happens all the time there. face the facts. He killed someone whether it is a tragedy or not he needs to be held accountable, whether you like it or not.He might be a great guy, but samantha was a great girl. I am not casting stones it is what it is.
2 nickles

Jupiter, FL

#8 Jan 10, 2008
The information provided to me by many people is that he left a bar after being seen drinking with his parents. and after impact of the cars his stuck speedometer read 120 miles an hour,I do not doubt that he does care , but driving like that is NO REGARD for others. I will add I have seen how he drives and this information does not come to a surprise to me or anybody else. There are many people in the community that are very angry about this issue. I know more than you think . the bottom line is he needs to be held accountable for his recklessness irregardless of who he is or who he is related to. and yes I do know him and have nothing against him or his family but politics will play a role in the outcome more than likely in that county. It happens all the time there. face the facts. He killed someone whether it is a tragedy or not he needs to be held accountable, whether you like it or not.He might be a great guy, but samantha was a great girl. I am not casting stones it is what it is.
Lexi

United States

#9 Jan 10, 2008
Anyone know anything about the local authorities in this? Just curious as to why everything's so quiet. Usually in a town as small as Warsaw, there's lots of gossip.
2 nickles

Jupiter, FL

#10 Jan 13, 2008
the state police are involved along with the local police. and yes there is gossip to the fact that nothing had been done to him yet. I do understand he was in critical condition for quite some time and he may still be in the hospital. that could be why . The state police will do a good job fiinding out what happened or what did not happen . at least i hope so for the families sake.
not necessary

West Mansfield, OH

#11 Jan 14, 2008
I realize Neil Miles made a wrong choice and in time he will receive his judgement. My heart goes out to all the people who loved Samantha. Samantha's loved ones will suffer for a very long time. They have lost a part of their lives that will never be replaced. I just pray that they can go on with their lives and find happiness in the memories they will always have of her. Samantha would want everyone to realize that she is okay because she is an angel with God.
cousin of Sam

Bowling Green, KY

#12 Jan 19, 2008
umm... the police did find that he was drunk... and he was clocked at 86.. If he was not drunk then he would have controlled himself better than he did! I'm a cousin of Sam and I believe he needs to be punished for what he did but we dont need to judge him. Its ridiculous that you all have to fight over these facts. And his mommy did get him out of 3 or 4 Dui's.... Not going to be able to this time! He's obviously not a great person if this is how he lives.... Drinks and Drives and kill people? Not what a great person does! A great person is Samantha.
Erica

Cincinnati, OH

#13 Jan 24, 2008
Sam was a great person. I really only knew her brother in the beginging, but after joining the same church sam belonged to we became good friends. Sam was a huge beliver in christ and she had an amazing heart. No one could say they did not like that girl, she had the sweetest heart and cared alot about eveyone. I looked up to Sam alot, i wanted to be alot like her. I mean graduate validictorian, able to hold all the stress in life and school, and not to metion be a great believer in christ. She was looked up to alot i mean to see a boy sitting next to me that hardly knew Sam and to have him in tears broke my heart but also made me realize i was not the only one who looked up to her. I feel that God had a p[lan for her and maybe it was her time to go or maybe it just happened to be a mistake that she was on the road when Miles was drinking and driveng. Maybe it was meant to happen though, maybe god had the plan to show the boy that drinking and driving could not only hurt him but hurt alot of people. I mean i think everyone was hurt to here the fact that this not only smart, but beautiful girl was gone. I know when i got that phone call i didn't believe it at first, i mean how could someone as perfect as Sam was could be gone at such a young afe. But God has a plan foe everyone and no matter wat it was Sam's time to go. She will be remembered forever and i think that everyone will still look up to the things that Sam accomplished in her short but great life. We love you and Miss you dearly Sam!!!
Erica
Rob

Cincinnati, OH

#15 Feb 8, 2008
I was a student at Northern Kentucky University, where she went to school. I also have interests in the Baptist Campus Ministry, an orgaization she also frequented. I never met Samantha, sadly, but I am all to knowing of the legacy that she created. I attended her funeral with all of her friends and family and played comforter for everyone I knew.

I wish to say that I am not too happy to hear that many on here are condemning the man whose big time mistake caused her death. Does the bible not say "Judge not lest ye be judged?" and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?" People who think that just because Matthew Miles drove drunk and got into a fatal car accident means that he deserves to get the book thrown at him for has forgotten that he did not do it deliberately. Sure, he deserves to get punished for a DUI, and sure he is liable for Ms. Spade's demise, but everyone and their mother should already know that it was a complete accident. Matthew Miles did not choose Samantha as a victim that night, even though his mistakes DID kill her. But to tell someone that they deserve to be tried for murder is insane!

This is a very painful and sobering lesson that everyone should learn, and that everyone should remember should they want to turn the key after a night on the town. Matthew Miles was taught a lesson by God that night. Even though he should be charged with a DUI, he didnt mean to cause this. Other than that, let GOD punish him, because in the end no one on earth deserves the titles "Judge", "Jury" OR "Executioner".

This goes to Mrs. Miles, the Gallitan County clerk. She is grieving for both Samantha's family and her son, I am definitley sure of that. My group visited her office the day of the funeral, and she was numb twice over. She is innocent in all this, and you all need to leave her alone. What was that quote again?
Rob

Cincinnati, OH

#16 Feb 8, 2008
I was a student at Northern Kentucky University, where she went to school. I also have interests in the Baptist Campus Ministry, an orgaization she also frequented. Sadly, I never met her.

But, it saddens me to know that people are wanting to throw the book at a guy who made a very big mistake. People who cast judgment on this need to realize that while Matthew Miles DID commit a crime by driving drunk, he certainly did not choose to commit homicide, and he certainly did not choose to "Murder" Samantha. People need to let God handle Matthew's punishment from now on, because not a single one of us on Earth have earned the title of "Judge", "Jury" OR "Executioner"! As you condemn this man, whoever wants to, remember what the bible told us... "Let he who is without sin throw the first stone"!

As for his parents, I visited County Clerk Miles the day of Samanthas funeral. She was bawling her eyes out for both Samantha and her son. THis is a woman who went through true hell that week, and we all need to leave her alone because this is not her fault at all!
lexi

United States

#17 Feb 15, 2008
i'm not one to add fuel to a fire but i'm very close to this situation. i am a christian and don't believe in judging other lest i be judged. i commend any person who can continually forgive no matter what. that being said i also believe that when you make a mistake you should be forgiven and have a second chance...when you make another mistake that could probably still be considered an error in judgement. when you continue to make mistakes or sin, that shows lack of wisdom, discipline, common sense, etc. consider this situation: you're young, see a gun and don't know it's loaded. you accidently shoot a hole in for example the roof of your house. you're parents get upset, reprimand you, take the gun away and thank God that you're still alive and well. you get the gun again and "accidentally" shoot your sibling, chances are your parents aren't going to as forgiving are they? drunk driving is much the same. once may be an error in judgement but to continually behave in this reckless manner is NOT an accident. it's careless stupidity and total disregard for human life. i had the displeasure of speaking of someone this week who told me of their frequent visits to bars and their relief when cops didn't pull them over. i asked them if they ever feared the worse scenario of that action. they looked totally blank and asked me what i meant. i asked them what they would do if they ever had to look over and see the body of someone they killed because of their continuous choice of being selfish and foolish. needless to say that conversation ended quickly. each day we make choices. i only pray someone makes the correct one when leaving a bar intoxicated and chooses a direction on the road in which MY kids won't be travelling. i'm afraid i wouldn't be forgiving either. drinking and driving is NOT an accident, its a choice
Dave

Cincinnati, OH

#18 Feb 17, 2008
Here's the thing, Samantha touched a lot of lives when she was alive, and many more since her death ! As for the person that caused the fatality, loving him is one thing, but demanding justice is equally important ! Love without accountability is not real love at all. It is a whitewash of circumstances and emotion ! Get real people !
Mark

Cincinnati, OH

#19 Feb 17, 2008
Why is it that great and innocent young people like Samantha can be hit head on and killed by a drunk driver and that be viewed as a "unfortunate accident" ! However great this Neil guy may have been been, truth is, he hit and killed a vibrant and promisiing young girl for NO other reason than he wanted to feel good for a few hours ! I hope Neil and his family get what they deserve !
Dustin

Cincinnati, OH

#20 Feb 17, 2008
Screw how Neil feels or his family ! This wasn't his first offense, or their first cover up ! Face the facts, he was driving drunk AGAIN, she was heading somewhere innocent and sober. If this is covered up or legally swept under the rug, get ready for a loud and long riot Galltin County ! As for Tracy his mother, you better hope that a fast food place might hire you IF your son gets less than he deserves!8053
Dustin

Cincinnati, OH

#21 Feb 17, 2008
Rob wrote:
I was a student at Northern Kentucky University, where she went to school. I also have interests in the Baptist Campus Ministry, an orgaization she also frequented. I never met Samantha, sadly, but I am all to knowing of the legacy that she created. I attended her funeral with all of her friends and family and played comforter for everyone I knew.
I wish to say that I am not too happy to hear that many on here are condemning the man whose big time mistake caused her death. Does the bible not say "Judge not lest ye be judged?" and "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone?" People who think that just because Matthew Miles drove drunk and got into a fatal car accident means that he deserves to get the book thrown at him for has forgotten that he did not do it deliberately. Sure, he deserves to get punished for a DUI, and sure he is liable for Ms. Spade's demise, but everyone and their mother should already know that it was a complete accident. Matthew Miles did not choose Samantha as a victim that night, even though his mistakes DID kill her. But to tell someone that they deserve to be tried for murder is insane!
This is a very painful and sobering lesson that everyone should learn, and that everyone should remember should they want to turn the key after a night on the town. Matthew Miles was taught a lesson by God that night. Even though he should be charged with a DUI, he didnt mean to cause this. Other than that, let GOD punish him, because in the end no one on earth deserves the titles "Judge", "Jury" OR "Executioner".
This goes to Mrs. Miles, the Gallitan County clerk. She is grieving for both Samantha's family and her son, I am definitley sure of that. My group visited her office the day of the funeral, and she was numb twice over. She is innocent in all this, and you all need to leave her alone. What was that quote again?
Are YOU crazy or just that stupid ?! you admit to Neils driving drunk and that causing the accident that claimed Samantha's life, yet you say not to judge him or hold him accountable ? My God, walk in her mothers shoes for one night and then try your self righteous speech again !
2 nickles

Jupiter, FL

#22 Feb 17, 2008
As I have stated before certain people got DUIs and walked and everyone just let it ride, they got off on some rediculous technicallity, and they were politically involved in the community. This event with Samantha is just the straw that broke the camels back and people are sick and tired of it these things happening in this county, unfortunately it took someone to die before people started seeing through all the biased court decisions. It is about time good for you to stand up for what is right. I hope her family persues this, they should not have to BEG Linda Talley Smith to prosecute this What is her problem? That is her job, she is weak as a prosecutor if it is not a slam dunk for her she won't do it it might make her look bad. Just remember this when it comes time to vote again for commonwealth attorney office . People are fed up. That county is being ran by a bunch of monkeys it is a joke, it will get worse before it will get better.

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