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Where is this accused kidnapper? He did not show up for Carter Co. court this week

Becky Campbell • Oct 27, 2017 at 8:15 AM

ELIZABETHTON — A Carter County man charged with kidnapping and assaulting his landlord won’t be going to trial as scheduled early next month after he failed to show up for a motion hearing in the case Monday.

It wasn’t the first time Eric Matthew Miller, 38, failed to show up for a court hearing. Court records show he didn’t appear for an Oct. 2 hearing in related case was well. He was free on bail after he posted a $23,000 bond in August in the kidnapping case.

Miller was charged with two counts of especially aggravated kidnapping, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of violation of an order of protection. The charges stem from a Jan. 28 incident involved his landlord and employer, 84-year-old Olen Pate.

Investigators said Miller lived with Pate and worked on his farm. Court records show Miller was Pate’s caregiver.

On Jan. 28, officers were called to Pate’s home on Gap Creek Road after he reported Miller had beaten him up.

In court records, Pate told officers that Miller became violent, assaulted him, choked him from behind and beat him with a wooden cane until it broke. Pate tried to call 911, but the phone lines had been disconnected, police said.

Eventually, Pate was able to get away from Miller and go to a neighbor’s home for help.

Miller was arrested in a traffic stop while officers were looking for him after Pate's assault. He has separate charges — possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on a revoked license and simple possession of methamphetamine — that stemmed from that traffic stop.

At the hearing Monday, Criminal Court Judge Lisa Rice issued a capias for Miller’s arrest and ordered that he be held without bond. She will call up the case again once Miller is in custody.

Anyone with information about Miller’s whereabouts can contact the Carter County Sheriff’s Office at 423-542-1845.

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