Court documents: Accused Appalachian Trail murderer undergoing mental health evaluation at federal facility


BUTNER, N.C. (WJHL) – The man accused of stabbing a thru-hiker to death on the Appalachian Trail in May is undergoing a mental health evaluation at a federal facility in North Carolina.

According to federal court documents, James Jordan was admitted to the Mental Health Unit of FMC-Butner on October 1.

Jordan is accused of killing Ronald Sanchez, Jr., 43, of Oklahoma, and injuring another hiker on the trail in Wythe County of May 11.

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According to the court document, a treatment team is “conducting interviews and psychological testing, which are necessary to complete his evaluation.”

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The evaluation period will end January 28, 2020. An evaluation report is expected to then be released to the Court within 14 business days.

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