A Philadelphia man is charged with criminal homicide in the killings of two men early Saturday at a campground in rural upper Bucks County, the Bucks County District Attorney’s office announced in a news release Saturday afternoon.
Miles K. Jones, 40, allegedly shot the pair at about 2 a.m. Saturday after an altercation involving his girlfriend occurred, and the two victims intervened.
“Between three and six shots were fired during the incident,” the DA’s office said. “One of the victims, Eric Braxton, 41, of Philadelphia, died at the scene in West Rockhill Township. Arthur Hill, 46, also of Philadelphia, was transported to Grand View Hospital (in nearby Sellersville) where he was pronounced dead.”
It was announced by the DA’s office that Jones was arraigned Saturday afternoon before District Judge Mark D. Douple on counts of criminal homicide, possession of an instrument of crime and recklessly endangering another person, before being taken to the Bucks County Correctional Facility where he is being held without bail.
A preliminary hearing before District Judge Lisa Gaier is tentatively set for Oct. 31.
“Jones had joined a group of 15 other people, mostly friends and relatives with the exception of Jones, for the group’s third weekend camping trip at the Homestead Campgrounds in the 1100 block of Allentown Road,” the Crimewatch post stated.
The campground is located approximately one mile south of Trumbauersville and several miles southwest of Quakertown borough.
Authorities said that in the wee hours of the morning, “an argument erupted between Jones and his girlfriend, and the woman told Jones to leave the tent they were sharing. An altercation ensued, during which Jones flipped the tent before the victims came to the woman’s assistance.”
According the account of the crime shared by the DA’s office, Jones then allegedly walked to his girlfriend’s car and remained there for about 15 minutes, before returning with a 9mm handgun and shooting both Braxton and Hill.
The incident is being investigated by Bucks County detectives, the Pennridge Regional Police Department and the Central Bucks Special Response Team Crime Scene Unit.
The case has been assigned for prosecution to Deputy District Attorney Edward M. Louka.