Trial Date Confirmed for Accused Killer and Kidnapper of Gilmore Child

FEBRUARY 8, 2005 - Posted at 1:17 p.m. CST

MARION, AR -  A February 22 trial date has been confirmed for the woman accused of kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old Gilmore girl whose bound body was found in a Mississippi County cotton field last summer.

Jo Ann Buchanan of Gilmore faces charges of first degree murder and kidnapping in connection with the abduction and death of seven-year-old Patricia Ann Miles, who was reported missing on August 15, 2004.  Her body was discovered five days later.

Buchanan's attorney was in court in Marion this morning for a pre-trial motion hearing, at which she was not required to attend.