CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A Franklin County judge on Wednesday granted a petition calling for a mental health evaluation of the man charged in the death of a woman whose body was found April 6 in a wooded area off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro, Pa.
Judge Douglas Herman granted the request by public defender Michael Toms for the evaluation of Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., 47, of State Line, Pa.
Miles is charged with criminal homicide in the death of Kristy Dawn Hoke, 29, of Hagerstown.
Herman explained to Miles that the evaluation will serve two main purposes -- first, whether the psychiatrist feels Miles has a medical or mental disability that would interfere with him participating in his own defense, and secondly, whether any disability would have interfered with the intent to commit criminal homicide.
Miles' preliminary hearing scheduled for April 14 was delayed based on the petition for psychiatric evaluation. Herman's order included a provision that prosecution would be postponed until after the mental health evaluation is completed.