Accused Appalachian Trail killer to undergo psychological evaluation

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This Saturday, May 11, 2019 booking photo provided by the Washington County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office shows James L. Jordan, of West Yarmouth, Mass. Federal authorities say Jordan was arrested in an attack on the Appalachian Trail that left one person dead and another severely injured. He was arrested early Saturday and charged with murder and […]

ABINGDON, Va. – A federal court judge has ruled that the man accused of stabbing a hiker to death on the Appalachian Trail in Wythe County, Va., will undergo a psychological evaluation.

During a May 21 conference call involving the lawyers for accused killer James Jordan, federal prosecutors and Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent, the defense counsel requested a mental health evaluation not be completed.

However, the prosecutors argued one needed to be completed and done within the Bureau of Prisons. Magistrate Sargent ruled that a psychological evaluation of Jordan will be done.

It will be completed at the Western Virginia Regional Jail in Salem, where Jordan is being held. The Federal Public Defender’s Office will pay for it.

The report from the psychologists will be sealed when filed.

Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was arrested in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 11, 2019.

He is accused of stabbing hiker Ronald Sanchez, Jr., to death and stabbing a female hiker multiple times. She survived the attack.

Jordan was reportedly found by officers at the campsite where the attack began in Wythe County.

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