CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A State Line, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide in the April 3 stabbing death of a Hagerstown woman appeared briefly in court Wednesday for the first time since prosecutors filed paperwork necessary to seek the death penalty against him.
Jeffrey E. Miles Sr., 47, was scheduled for arraignment Wednesday afternoon, but Franklin County (Pa.) Court Judge Douglas Herman cited the seriousness of the case in saying he wanted to reschedule the arraignment for a day when he had more time.
At full arraignment, Herman said he'd explain the charge, the effects of the notice of aggravating circumstances filed this week by the district attorney's office, the defendant's rights to file motions and the timeline for how the case would continue.
"Today is not a day the court has time to fulfill the arraignment as needed in your case," Herman said to Miles.
Herman did not reschedule the arraignment, but said he'd soon issue an order containing the new date.