Man found unfit for trial in girl's killing in Branson motel

2 years 8 months 6 days ago Thursday, September 17 2015 Sep 17, 2015 Thursday, September 17, 2015 9:05:38 AM CDT September 17, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

FORSYTH (AP) - A judge says a man accused of killing a 6-year-old girl after luring her into his southwest Missouri hotel room with snacks is not mentally fit to stand trial.

The Springfield News-Leader reported the judge ordered John P. Roberts to be sent to a state hospital on Wednesday. After treatment, the 55-year-old Roberts should be able to assist his attorneys in his defense and eventually stand trial.

Roberts is charged with first-degree murder in the February killing of Jasmine Miller. The killing happened at an extended stay motel near several attractions in the tourist town of Branson.

A state psychiatrist says Roberts has an IQ of 57 and "a very basic low comprehension that he is in trouble."

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