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Hearing for man charged in Hoke's slaying delayed for psychiatric exam

April 12, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH and DON AINES

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- A preliminary hearing for a man charged in the death last week of a Hagerstown woman will be delayed as he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation.

Franklin County (Pa.) Public Defender Michael Toms said he filed a petition Friday with the Clerk of Courts Office seeking a psychiatric examination of Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr. of State Line, Pa.

Miles, 47, is charged with criminal homicide in the slaying of 29-year-old Kristy Dawn Hoke of Hagerstown, whose body was found April 6 in a wooded area off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro.

Toms asked Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz for a continuance of Wednesday's preliminary hearing for Miles based on the petition for a psychiatric examination. The case should not proceed any further until that examination is completed, Toms said.

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Pentz said Monday he granted the continuance. He said he had anticipated the delay but had reserved the Franklin County Jail courtroom in case the hearing would be held.

On the morning of April 6, Miles threatened to jump off an Interstate 81 bridge and told police he was "killing the evil and demons inside of him," according to court documents.

Pennsylvania State Police have said information from the investigation into Hoke's death led them to the remains of Angie Daley, who was reported missing in 1995 at age 17. Her skeletal remains were found April 6 partially concealed by brush on a farm between Waynesboro and Greencastle, Pa.

A police spokesman declined to describe how the Hoke and Daley cases are related.

Trooper Tom Pinkerton said Monday that no additional criminal charges had been filed, nor had more human remains been found.

"We're currently investigating it," he said, declining to say what, if any, other departments had been brought into the investigation.

Waynesboro Police Chief Mark King said his department had no other missing persons case or unsolved homicide case.

"We've got nothing else at this point," he said.

"We don't have anything in our area we're looking at," Mercersburg (Pa.) Police Chief John Zechman said.

Washington Township (Pa.) Police Chief Barry Keller refused to say whether his department was working with state police on any connections. Chambersburg (Pa.) Police Chief David Arnold did not return a voicemail left for him Monday morning, and Greencastle (Pa.) Police Chief John Phillippy did not return a message left Monday afternoon.

Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore previously told The Herald-Mail that his office didn't have any cases "attributable to Jeff Miles."

Attempts Monday to reach the Hagerstown Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division were unsuccessful.

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