First trial of Pa. man charged in two homicides delayed

June 26, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Jeffrey Miles center arrives Wednesday at Franklin County Courthouse for arraignment. He is accused of a 2010 killing of a woman believed to have been an informant for a Pennsylvania law enforcement agency.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The first of two trials for a former State Line, Pa., man charged with criminal homicide has been delayed.

The defense team for Jeffrey E. Miles Sr., 50, recently asked for and received a continuance in his capital murder trial for the April 2010 stabbing death of a Hagerstown woman, Kristy Dawn Hoke. Miles also faces a trial in a separate case.

Authorities found the body of Hoke, 29, in a wooded section of the borough of Waynesboro, Pa., just days after her family reported the mother of three missing.

Miles’ trial in the Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas had been scheduled for three weeks starting July 29. About 240 potential jurors were expected to be summoned to the courthouse the week before the proceedings started.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty based on several factors, one of which is their claim that Hoke was a confidential informant.

On Friday, President Judge Douglas W. Herman issued a court order allowing for a continuance. He did not immediately set a new date for the trial.

The additional time was granted to allow the defense team to prepare expert testimony, according to the judge’s order.

The order indicates the testimony is designated for the trial’s potential penalty phase, in which the jury will make its decision about capital punishment if Miles is found guilty.

Miles also is charged with the 1995 beating death of Angie Lynn Daley, who was 17 when she was killed. Her skeletal remains were found the same day as Hoke’s on a farm between Waynesboro and Greencastle, Pa.

Miles is incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail.

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