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Lunacy hearing for Madison County man

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Madison County man who says he spent the night in the woods last week while a S.W.A.T. team surrounded his house appeared in court Tuesday morning.

57-year-old Rodney Wayne Hill appeared before Madison County Chancery Judge Danny Spivey. When he came out of the hearing, which was closed to the media, he talked briefly with reporters in the elevator.

"They are sending me to Whitfield. I really don't want to go, but I guess I have to," said Hill.

Spivey ordered him to Whitfield State Mental Hospital for further mental evaluation. He has been in the mental ward of a local hospital since last Friday when he was arrested by Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker and his chief deputy, Jeremy Williams.

Hill had walked up to WLBT's Bert Case with one hand in the air and the other on a cross around his neck saying he needed help. His house had been surrounded after he was accused of threatening his neighbor with a gun.

Sheriff Tucker said it all ended for the best. "I think it is the best case scenario for everyone involved, the community is safe from any further incident at this time. Mr. Hill is going to get the medical treatment that we all feel like he needs."

60-year-old Renza Anderson, whose son lives next door to Hill, said he had talked with him many times and thinks he is a nice man. We asked if he thought Hill spent the night in the woods.

Anderson replied, "well, from what I know about him, if he told you he spent the night in the woods, he spent the night in the woods."

Anderson was critical of deputies and S.W.A.T. team members from the Mississippi Highway Patrol for breaking the windows out of Hill's house.

Rodney Wayne Hill has been sent to Whitfield State Mental Hospital for further evaluation of his mental condition.

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