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Sanity hearing delayed for man who said God told him to die

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A sanity hearing was delayed for a Louisiana man who told authorities God instructed him to end his life before a fiery crash that killed another driver.

Jordan was indicted on a second-degree murder charge in a 90 mph (145 kph) crash in July 2019 that killed Stephanie Payne, 51. Jordan’s arrest report stated he’d told officers God instructed him to kill himself, so he purposefully accelerated his truck to hit another vehicle.

The hearing for Jack Jordan, 19, was scheduled for Thursday, The Advocate reported. District Judge Bonnie Jackson agreed to push the court date back to April 23 because one of two doctors tasked with examining Jordan's sanity asked for more time to complete his evaluation.

Last month, he was deemed competent to stand trial after initially being deemed incompetent, the newspaper reported.

Jordan pleaded not guilty and not guilty by reason of insanity. He remains at a state mental hospital in Jackson, according to The Advocate.

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