WOODSTOCK — After yet another hearing, a trial date has yet to be set for a Woodstock woman facing the death penalty if convicted of killing her fiancé’s young son this summer.
Nicole Dawn Miller’s court-appointed defense lawyers, Bill Eldridge and John Holloran, both of Harrisonburg, filed three motions on this afternoon in Shenandoah County Circuit Court in Woodstock. One motion was for discovery and two were for approval to apply for funding for expert witnesses. It's not clear what evidence or experts they are seeking.
The defense motions will be heard in court on Jan. 8.
Miller, 26, was arrested June 3 and charged with child abuse and child endangerment after the boy was critically injured at her home in Woodstock. The child died two days later at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
On July 10, Miller was indicted for capital murder. Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney Amanda Wiseley announced on Sept. 17 that she will seek the death penalty if Miller is found guilty of the murder charge.
The results of the boy’s autopsy have not yet been released to the court.