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Milam arrested again for OWI, manslaughter

By David Hotle | Apr 12, 2017


A West Chester man who has pleaded guilty to a third offense of operating while intoxicated in connection with the death of a Wellman woman was arrested Friday afternoon on the same charges of involuntary manslaughter and OWI third offense.

Justin Milam, 31, of West Chester, was arrested in the Washington County Jail after being arrested on April 6 on a Washington County warrant for possession of a controlled substance third offense and possession of drug paraphernalia. Washington County Attorney John Gish said the arrest was due to a violation of a pretrial release.

“Anything related to the June 2015 charges was a result of his new charges,” Gish said. “He was on pretrial release and because of the new violations he was picked up and arrested.”

Involuntary manslaughter and operating while intoxicated third offense charges had been filed on Milam just over a year ago in reference to an incident when a vehicle Milam was allegedly driving struck and fatally injured jogger Katherine Whetstine, 51, of Wellman on June 17, 2015. Both charges are Class D felonies that can bring up to five years in prison each. Milam was free on $10,000 bond awaiting sentencing for the OWI. Sentencing was scheduled for April 28.

According to reports, Whetstine was training for her second marathon when the accident took place. At about 5:09 a.m. on June 17, 2015, as Whetstine was running on Highway 22, a vehicle Milam was allegedly driving struck her and she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Reports said Milam reported the accident. AirCare took Whetstine to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City where she died on July 10, 2015, of her injuries.

After the incident, Whetstine’s family, including husband Jeff Whetstine, began an effort to raise money to build the Katherine Whetstine Memorial Fitness Trail in the City of Wellman’s North Park. The 2-mile trail will be an alternative for runners in Wellman.


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