Suspect in May Appalachian Trail murder receiving mental health evaluations

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A suspect in the Appalachian Trail incident, which left one man dead and another severely injured in May, is receiving ongoing mental health evaluations.

A suspect in the Appalachian Trail incident, which left one man dead and another severely injured in May, is receiving ongoing mental health evaluations.

WYTHE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A suspect in the Appalachian Trail incident, which left one man dead and another severely injured in May, is under medical treatment until January.

According to a court document filed at the U.S. District Court of Western Virginia, James L. Jordan was admitted to the mental health unit of Federal Medical Center Butner on Oct. 1 for psychological testing.

His evaluation period ends Jan. 28, 2020.

Jordan was charged with one count of murder within the special maritime territorial jurisdiction of the United States and one count of assault with the intent to murder within the special maritime territorial jurisdiction of the United States for the stabbing incident that occurred in the Wythe County portion of the Appalachian Trail on May 11.

A federal judge determined in July that Jordan was not competent to stand trial.

A final report of Jordan’s evaluation is set to be completed in February, according to the court document.

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