Woman Pleads Innocent to Capital Murder Charge in Gilmore Girl's Death

NOVEMBER 29, 2004 - Posted at 3:15 p.m. CST

MARION, AR - A woman accused in the kidnapping and death of a girl in Gilmore entered an innocent plea today in Crittenden County.

Jo Ann Buchanan is charged with capital murder in the death of a 7-year-old girl for whom she was a babysitter.  Police say Patricia Ann Miles of Gilmore was kidnapped and suffocated.  Her body was dumped in a Mississippi County bean field.

Buchanan was jailed on a kidnapping charge in August.  Prosecutors waited months to file the capital murder charge on which she was arraigned today.

The victim was last seen alive on August 15 as she rode her bicycle to a grocery store in Gilmore.  Her body was found four days later.

Authorities say Buchanan was linked to the killing through fiber evidence.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)