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(Reuters) - A Massachusetts man was charged on Monday with murder and assault in a machete attack that killed a hiker and severely wounded another along the Appalachian Trail in Virginia, according to papers filed in federal court.
The suspect, James Jordan, 30, of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was charged with a single count of murder and one count of assault with intent to murder in U.S. District Court in Abingdon, Virginia.
During a brief hearing on Monday, Magistrate Judge Pamela Meade Sargent ordered Jordan to be detained and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, according to a court document.
On Friday evening in Smyth County, Virginia, Jordan was acting disturbed and unstable as he approached four hikers, playing his guitar and singing, an FBI agent said in an affidavit filed in federal court.
Later that night, the charging document said, Jordan approached the hikers again after they made a camp in Wythe County, and threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death.
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