CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- A State Line, Pa., man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to criminal homicide in the April 3 stabbing death of a Hagerstown woman.
Jeffrey Eldon Miles Sr., 47, entered the plea during his arraignment before Judge Douglas Herman in Franklin County (Pa.) Court.
Pennsylvania State Police allege Miles stabbed Kristy Dawn Hoke, 29, and left her body in the woods off East Ninth Street in Waynesboro on Easter weekend.
The Franklin County District Attorney's Office has filed paperwork necessary for prosecutors to seek the death penalty.
At the end of arraignment, Miles signed and dated a document affirming his intention to plead not guilty. Most of the 40-minute hearing involved Herman reviewing procedural aspects such as scheduling, possible verdicts and motions, and maximum sentences associated with verdicts.
Miles referenced his rights to file various motions and said he wanted to "evoke all of them."
"It's somewhat unusual that each and every one of them apply," Herman said, saying Miles should decide with Public Defender Mike Toms which motions are appropriate.