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Man charged as accessory in 2020 murder

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Updated April 14 to reflect a name correction from the family of the victim. The original name in the article, Kayla Jackson, comes from the State Attorney’s Office, and their spokesman has confirmed that name.

Dovico Raynard Miles, Jr., 25, was arrested today and charged as an accessory after the fact in the March 7, 2020, murder of Kayla Bing.

Demetrius Aponcedeleon Hardy, 21, was indicted by a Grand Jury in the fall of 2020 for first-degree murder for the shooting death of Kayla Bing and the attempt to murder two additional people on March 7, 2020, in downtown Gainesville. Judge Susan Miller-Jones ordered that Hardy remain in custody with no bond.

Miles was previously identified as a witness in the case, but investigators in the State Attorney’s Office determined that Miles was complicit in “unlawfully and knowingly aiding” Hardy in an attempt to avoid prosecution for the murder.

Miles has two previous felony convictions and two misdemeanor convictions. He was arrested on March 18, 2022, in connection with a robbery at the Oaks Mall, but the arrest report indicates some uncertainty in identifying him as a defendant, and the charges were later dropped. Miles is being held on $500,000 bond.

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