Psychiatric evaluation ordered over hospital threat

Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 5/14/2013 1:55 pm
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- A federal judge has okayed a request for a Tupelo man to undergo a psychiatric evaluation over a threat to shoot people at a local hospital.

Cortavius Javon Hampton, 24, is accused of making the threat to federal court officials while talking to them over the phone about the status of a case he had filed against the North Mississippi Medical Center.

According to an indictment handed down in March, court officials say at one point during the conversation, Hampton stated he felt no one was listening and he would have to get a gun, go to the hospital and shoot some people.

Hampton's attorney had filed a motion with the court to have him undergo a psychiatric evaluation because he was unable to assist with the preparation of his own defense.

On Tuesday, a federal judged agreed to the motion and order Hampton to be sent to a facility for an evaluation.
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