DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — A suspect in a deadly 2019 crime spree through Dothan awaits a mental evaluation, as his trial nears.
Jeremy Jermaine Jones is charged with Murder, 8 counts of Robbery, Kidnapping, Assault, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident.
Jones had a previous mental evaluation and the court received the report, but the court finds that the evaluation was insufficient and it did not address all of the required tests.
The court has requested that Jones have another mental evaluation to test Jones’ ability to stand trial and his mental state at the time of the crimes.
Jones’ attorney has already filed a notice of intent to pursue a special plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.
Jones was set for a jury trial in November, but due to this new development, Jones will have to wait until the judge receives the results from the Alabama Department of Mental Health.
So a jury trial for Jones may have to wait until 2023.
The judge does rule that the continuance in a trial does not include bond hearings, grand jury hearings, or preliminary hearings.
In a 2019 press conference, Dothan police said Jeremy Jermaine Jones allegedly began his “real-life case of Grand Theft Auto” on Feb. 25, 2019, when he got into a fight on North Alice Street, pulling out a gun and robbing the victim of their wallet and vehicle.
This reportedly led to a spree of robberies and even a kidnapping that came to a close with a high-speed chase on Ross Clark Circle.
Police said Jones swerved oncoming traffic, colliding with a vehicle occupied by Paul and Patricia Roberts. Paul died while Patricia was treated for her injuries.
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