Court rules suspect in Appalachian Trail murder cannot stand trial

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James L. Jordan, who is suspected of killing 43-year-old Ronald Sanchez and attacking and wounding a female hiker on the Appalachian Trail in May, has been declared mentally unfit to stand trial. According to the Boston Globe, a federal judge has ruled that Jordan be taken to a federal facility “to be restored to competency.” 

After the horrifying attack in May, Jordan was detained for evaluation to determine if he suffered from “mental disease or defect.” It is unclear how long it will take for Jordan to be restored to competency or if he will appear in court again. 

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