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Avondale man charged with killing four people in one day

William Bowen III
Posted at 6:19 AM, Apr 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 23:29:43-04

CINCINNATI — Police arrested an Avondale man Sunday morning and charged him with four counts of murder, all committed fewer than 48 hours before.

Investigators said Alto Miles, 42, killed four people at two separate crime scenes on Friday. Twenty-eight-year-old William Bowen III and 47-year-old Michael Eves were found shot to death on Reading Road Friday morning. Fifty-six-year-old Briggett Carter and 35-year-old Tasia Mason would be discovered shot and killed less than a mile away, inside an apartment on Clinton Springs Avenue, late that afternoon.

Miles appeared in court Monday morning, where a judge set his bond at $4 million.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters told WCPO Monday that Miles got out of prison a year and a half ago. Mason was an ex-girlfriend of Miles, but Deters believes the other victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Deters added that Miles's case fits the perimeters for the death penalty.

Bowen's father, William Bowen Jr., has buried a son before. People who attended a Saturday evening vigil in Bowen's memory described him as loyal and reliable.

“I got stuff that I want to say, but it’s just the same thing over and over," Bowen Jr. said. "It’s the same thing. I don’t want nobody to go through this. You or nobody. It’s horrible.”

Deters tweeted Monday that Miles's case, along with the homicide of Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant last month, will be "top priorities" when the grand jury reconvenes.

"This story sickens me to my core. Major thanks to @CincyPD Homicide for their quick work apprehending this killer," Deters tweeted.

The investigation remained ongoing. Anyone with information about the four homicides should call the Homicide Unit at 513-352-3542.