Judge finds AT murder suspect ‘not competent’ to stand trial


ABINGDON, Va. (WJHL) — A federal judge has determined that Appalachian Trail murder suspect James Jordan is not competent to stand trial.

That ruling came out of a federal courtroom in Abingdon Wednesday morning after Jordan underwent psychological evaluations.

The attorneys for neither Jordan nor the federal government requested additional evaluation or evidence, agreeing the local evaluation report was sufficient.

According to federal magistrate judge Pamela Sargent, Jordan will be transferred to a “federal medical facility in an attempt to restore him to competence.”

It was requested by the judge that Jordan be transferred to Buckner Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

There have been no dates given of when that transfer will take place.

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