Judge orders teen accused of causing fatal crash to be restored to competency

Updated: Jul. 24, 2019 at 2:51 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Jack Jordan, the teenager arrested for allegedly causing a wreck that killed a woman has been found “not competent to proceed to trial as of now,” according to the District Attorney’s Office.

“State and Defense stipulated as to the doctor’s reports and submitted the issue of competency to the judge," a representative for District Attorney Hillar Moore told WAFB.

Judge Bonnie Jackson remanded Jordan to be restored to competency. The progress of Jordan’s restoration to competency will be reviewed in 90 days.

According to Louisiana State Police, the crash happened on Siegen Lane at Perkins Road just before 10 p.m. on Monday, July 22.

The crash claimed the life of Stephanie Payne, 51, of Greenwell Springs. Payne was a traveling grief counselor who used her daughter’s death to inspire others.

Read more about the life and work of Stephanie Payne here.

Police arrested the driver of a second vehicle, Jack Jordan, 18, of Baton Rouge. His bond has been set at $502,000.

Jack Jordan, DOB: 2/12/2001, is accused of purposefully killing a 51-year-old woman after...
Jack Jordan, DOB: 2/12/2001, is accused of purposefully killing a 51-year-old woman after ramming his vehicle into hers at a high rate of speed because "God told him to kill himself."(EBRSO)

Police say Payne was stopped at the intersection when Jordan, driving a truck northbound on Siegen Lane, struck the rear of her vehicle at a high rate of speed.

The collision caused Payne’s vehicle to burst into flames. Payne suffered fatal injuries as a result.

Jordan allegedly told police he intentionally caused the crash. The arrest report says Jordan told investigators God instructed him to kill himself, so he accelerated his vehicle to purposefully hit another vehicle to end his life. Jordan went on to tell police the last time he looked at his speedometer, he was going 90 mph in a 45 mph zone.

Police say impairment is not suspected to be a factor, but toxicology samples were taken.

Jordan was taken to a local hospital for treatment, and was then taken to jail, where police say he attempted to escape. The report states Jordan managed to run about 100 yards before he was apprehended.

Jordan was booked into the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on charges of second degree murder, reckless operation, and simple escape.

A spokesperson for LSP says they currently have no reason to believe this is a case of road rage and they do not believe the two drivers knew each other.

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