Suspect in Miss. crash fails mental test - - Jackson, MS

Suspect in Miss. crash fails mental test

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Jackson man accused of causing a fatal accident in 2006 in Jackson while driving under the influence may never be tried.

The Clarion-Ledger reports 30-year-old Samuel Edwin Johnson tentatively has been ruled mentally incompetent.

He has been in jail awaiting trial on charges of culpable negligent manslaughter, felony leaving the scene of an accident and receiving stolen goods.

Dr. Mark Webb has determined Johnson is paranoid and psychotic and may be mildly mentally retarded.

Based on the psychiatrist's findings, Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green has ordered Johnson to be committed to a state hospital for further evaluation and testing.

Johnson's attorney said he filed a motion for a mental evaluation because he believed there were some issues with his client being able to assist in his defense.


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