Man charged in killing of 2 women awaits mental evaluation

Published 10:34 am Wednesday, May 15, 2019

(AP) — Authorities are not saying if or when a Mississippi man will go on trial in the shooting deaths of two women on the same night.

The Clarion Ledger reports 25-year-old Zebulum James is charged with two counts of murder.

James is in the Madison County jail, and his attorney says James is awaiting evaluation from a state mental hospital.

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On Nov. 19, 2015, 48-year-old Suzanne Hogan was shot to death outside a gas station in northwest Jackson and 49-year-old Kristy Lynn Mitchell was shot in the abdomen while she was in a restaurant parking lot in Ridgeland. Mitchell died at a hospital.

The newspaper reports a private psychiatrist found James suffered from chronic paranoid schizophrenia and wasn’t capable of understanding court proceedings or of rationally communicating with his attorney.