State Rep. Jose "J.P." Miranda, who was facing a warrant for his arrest after missing a pretrial hearing Tuesday, has agreed to appear Wednesday before a Philadelphia judge.
Common Pleas Court Judge Edward C. Wright granted the bench warrant after Miranda, 28, failed to show for a status-of-counsel hearing. Miranda had hired Center City criminal defense lawyer A. Charles Peruto Jr., who represented him at a preliminary hearing in March, but prosecutors questioned whether Peruto would defend him at trial.
Peruto said he would continue to represent Miranda.
"He drove all the way down from Harrisburg," Peruto said of his client. "He was here, but he was late."