An 18-year-old Baton Rouge man who said he intentionally crashed his speeding car into a woman's stopped vehicle on Siegen Lane because God had told him to kill himself was indicted Wednesday on a second-degree murder count.
Jack Jordan was sent in August to a state mental hospital after a Baton Rouge judge ruled he was not mentally competent to assist his attorneys and remains at that facility. Doctors are attempting to restore his competency. He is due back in court Nov. 21 for a sanity review.
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His attorney, James Manasseh, said Jordan will enter a dual plea of not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity when he is eventually arraigned.
“We don’t believe he was in his right mind when this occurred,” said Manasseh, who added that Jordan was dealing with depression issues before the crash but did not have any formal diagnosis. “Mental health is a real problem. It’s a real thing that happened in this case.”
Jordan was traveling faster than 90 mph on July 22 when he plowed into Stephanie Payne's car at the intersection of Siegen and Perkins Road, killing the 51-year-old Greenwell Springs woman. The posted speed limit on Siegen is 45 mph.
Jordan, of 12868 Springview Ave., about a mile south of the crash site, was arrested after he told police that God had instructed him to kill himself, prompting him to drive into Payne's car. Her car was engulfed in flames.
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 is a very tragic case, with the loss of a beautiful person,” East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore III said Wednesday.
An eyewitness account from the scene indicated Jordan's northbound pickup truck pushed Payne's vehicle at least 200 feet, completely through the Siegen and Perkins intersection.
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After he was apprehended by State Police, Jordan attempted to escape their custody but was unsuccessful, according to State Police.
Manasseh said previously that Jordan, who he described as “an all-American kid” who suffered a psychotic break, was not on drugs or alcohol at the time of the crash.
Jordan faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if he’s convicted of second-degree murder. Manasseh said the Payne family remains in the Jordan family’s thoughts and prayers.
Jordan’s case is assigned to state District Judge Bonnie Jackson.
Jordan had been scheduled to attend LSU this fall, following a spring semester during which he spent in a dual-enrollment program that allows current high school students to take some courses, a university spokesman has said.