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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in slaying of Hagerstown woman

Victim identified as informant for law enforcement

September 01, 2010|By JENNIFER FITCH
  • Kristy Dawn Hoke
Photo courtesy of Beverly Durboraw, Kristy Hoke's mother,

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for a State Line, Pa., man accused of killing a woman now identified in court documents as having worked as an informant for a Pennsylvania law enforcement agency.

Jeffrey E. Miles Sr., 47, is charged with criminal homicide in the April 3 stabbing death of Kristy Dawn Hoke of Hagerstown. Hoke's body was found in woods in the southern portion of the Borough of Waynesboro a few days later.

Miles' arraignment in Franklin County Court is scheduled for 1 p.m. today.

The Franklin County (Pa.) District Attorney's Office filed a notice of aggravating circumstances Tuesday afternoon. District Attorney Matthew Fogal said that document is necessary to seek the death penalty in Pennsylvania.

Among the listed circumstances are torture, homicide during the course of a felony, homicide during the course of felony drug delivery and homicide with the knowledge the victim is a government informant.

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Hoke, 29, was working with a Pennsylvania law enforcement agency, Fogal said. He declined to elaborate.

Hoke's mother, Beverly Durboraw, said Tuesday she wasn't aware her daughter was working with law enforcement. She said she feels any sentence, including the death penalty, would be too good for whoever killed her daughter.

"It's tough every day. ... Just how someone can take the life of a young mother. I'll never get over it," Durboraw said.

Fogal said he expects Miles, who is represented by Public Defender Mike Toms, to plead not guilty today.

"I have no reason to believe he'll enter a guilty plea," Fogal said.

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