Mental evaluation ordered over hospital threat

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — A federal judge has ordered a Tupelo man to undergo a psychiatric evaluation over a threat to shoot people at a local hospital.

WTVA-TV in Tupelo reports that 24-year-old Cortavius Javon Hampton 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, authorities say 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.

A judge on Tuesday granted a request from Hampton’s attorney for the psychiatric evaluation because Hampton was unable to assist with the preparation of his own defense.