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Man charged in Kristy Dawn Hoke's death is competent to stand trial

June 23, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, PA. -- A State Line, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide in the Easter weekend slaying of a mother of three has been found mentally competent to undergo court proceedings, according to court officials.

Jeffrey Eldon Miles, 47, will have a preliminary hearing July 22 in Franklin County (Pa.) Court, Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz said Wednesday.

Pennsylvania State Police charged Miles with criminal homicide in the slashing death of 29-year-old Kristy Dawn Hoke of Hagerstown. Her body was found April 6 in a wooded area in the Borough of Waynesboro.

Public Defender Mike Toms had petitioned the court for a mental health evaluation to be conducted. Pentz said the psychiatrist deemed Miles competent.

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Police said information gathered in the Hoke investigation subsequently led them to discover the skeletal remains of Waynesboro's Angie Lynn Daley, who was reported missing in 1995 at age 17.

Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner classified Daley's death as a homicide, which he said is death at the hands of another person. No criminal charges have been filed concerning Daley's death.

Hoke's mother, Beverly Durboraw, said she plans to attend the preliminary hearing in hopes of getting some answers. She's especially concerned with the biggest question on her mind -- why?

"Her 3-year-old is still asking where her mommy is, and I say 'heaven,'" Durboraw said. "I'm going to have to face her someday and explain what happened, and right now, I don't know what happened."

Durboraw said she wants to hear a reason for her daughter's murder, even though she can't fathom any sort of justification.

"I want to know everything that happened," she said.

Hoke's cremated remains are kept in her mother's house, where she lived before her death. Durboraw cares for the children amid what she described as continued feelings of disbelief and being in a nightmare.

"There's not a day that goes by I don't cry about it," she said.

Staff writer Don Aines contributed to this story.

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