An 18-year-old Baton Rouge man who told authorities God instructed him to kill himself before he plowed into a woman’s car on Siegen Lane at more than 90 mph, killing her, is not currently mentally competent, a judge ruled Friday.
State District Judge Bonnie Jackson ordered Jack Jordan sent to a state mental facility in East Feliciana Parish after two court-appointed doctors and a third doctor hired by Jordan's family all found that he is not competent to assist his attorneys at this time.
The 18-year-old suspect in the fatal, fiery crash that killed a 51-year-old woman Monday night told police that he believed God instructed him…
The judge, who found Jordan to be “acutely mentally ill at this time,” said doctors at the state mental facility in Jackson, Louisiana, will attempt to restore Jordan’s competency.
She scheduled a sanity review for Nov. 21.
After Friday’s brief court proceeding, Jordan’s attorney, James Manasseh, described Jordan as “an all-American kid” who suffered a psychotic break. Jordan, in shackles, appeared in court in an orange-and-white-striped prison East Baton Rouge Parish Prison jumpsuit. He smiled at his parents when he was brought into the courtroom.
Jordan was booked with second-degree murder in the death of Stephanie Payne, 51, of Greenwell Springs, after the fiery July 22 crash at the intersection of Siegen Lane and Perkins Road.
Manasseh said the judge’s ruling suspends all criminal proceedings in the case.
Jordan was arrested after he told police God instructed him to kill himself, prompting him to drive into the other vehicle at a speed of at least 90 mph, an arrest warrant states. The posted speed limit on Siegen Lane is 45 mph.
Payne, a mother and wife who had dedicated her life to inspiring others after she lost a daughter in 2016, ran a motivational organization called "I’m Alive 2 Thrive” in honor of her late daughter.
“This whole situation is just one of the saddest situations you could imagine,” said Manasseh, who called Payne a wonderful person. He said Jordan was not on drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
The woman killed Monday night in a fiery crash that officials said an 18-year-old intentionally caused was a devoted mother and wife who dedic…
Jordan is accused of intentionally hitting Payne's stopped vehicle at a high rate of speed, engulfing her Nissan Rogue in flames through the intersection of Siegen and Perkins, according to State Police. She died at the scene.
An eyewitness account from the scene said Jordan's northbound pickup truck pushed Payne's vehicle at least 200 yards, completely through the Siegen and Perkins intersection.
Jordan was scheduled to attend LSU in the fall, following a spring semester he had spent in their dual enrollment program that allows current high school students to take some courses, a university spokesman has said.
Jordan also is booked on counts of reckless operation and simple escape. He was taken to the hospital after the crash for treatment of minor injuries. After he was apprehended by State Police, Jordan attempted to escape their custody but was unsuccessful, according to State Police.