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Alleged UCCS shooter found competent in second evaluation, next court date set for Aug. 16

Nicholas Jordan competency
Posted at 11:26 AM, May 31, 2024

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — On Friday, Judge David Shakes heard a second evaluation from the prosecution that ruled Nicholas Jordan is competent to stand trial.

A psychologist with the prosecuting team determined that Jordan is competent to stand trial. A court hearing on Aug. 16 will see both the prosecution and defense have their evaluating parties speak on their decisions. Due to witness scheduling conflicts, the hearing may be split into two days to expedite the process and accommodate schedules.

Since the defense psychologist, ruled Jordan to be incompetent we are expected to see evidence, that provides the burden of proof surrounding Jordan's incompetence. Following the hearing, Judge David Shakes will make a decision on whether the case moves forward.

Jordan is the man accused of shooting and killing two people at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs in February. In April, Jordan was found incompetent to stand trial after a psychologist with the State Mental Health Hospital conducted an evaluation.

During that hearing the prosecution asked for another competency evaluation, which Judge David Shakes agreed to. Should Jordan be found mentally competent to stand trial, the case will move forward.

Should he be found not competent it is unclear what the district attorney's office will move forward in trying to prosecute the case. To restore competency Jordan will have to mental health treatment and medication at the State Mental Health Hospital in Pueblo.

BACKGROUND

Colorado Springs Police arrested Jordan on Monday, Feb. 19, three days after he allegedly shot and killed Samuel Knopp and Celie Montgomery inside their shared dorm room. Police said officers found the suspect in a vehicle with a handgun and a loaded AK-47 about three miles west of campus.

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The two victims were found dead with at least one gunshot wound each just after 6 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 16 by UCCS Campus Police. Samuel Knopp was identified as Jordan's roommate and arrest papers said the two had a previous argument, in which Jordan allegedly threatened to kill Knopp over taking out the trash.

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