Jari McMiller

Wait for trial could be longer for accused Lake Boyz member

A Fort Myers man accused of being in a gang known as the Lake Boyz will need a new attorney, delaying the trial even longer.

Jari McMiller had a hearing on Friday morning to discuss a conflict his attorney Donald Day has representing him in the case. McMiller was among dozens of men accused of being in a gang police say terrorized the Harlem Lakes neighborhood of Fort Myers. Harlem Lakes is just south of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and east of Veronica Shoemaker Boulevard.

Specific details of the conflict were not discussed in open court, but during the course of a deposition with a witness in state prison information arose that created a conflict.

Day reached out to the Florida Bar seeking a written opinion and the Bar said McMiller would need a different attorney.

Day said he will work with McMiller to get a new attorney up to speed.

Lee Circuit Judge Bruce Kyle said there are thousands of pages of documents and videos in the discovery for the case.

Kyle said he wants McMiller to attend the next hearing in person so he can connect with the new attorney.

“I imagine it will take new counsel at least a half year to get ready … if not more,” Kyle said.

McMiller is scheduled for a hearing on March 10 at 8:30 a.m.

Reporter:Anika Henanger
Writer:Melissa Montoya
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