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Case: 25CO1:16-cr-00338-MVP

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IN THE COUNTY COURT OF HINDS COUNTY


STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
STATE OF MISSISSIPPI

PLAINTIFF

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ZEBULUM JAMES

ZA(J( WALLACE. CIRCUIT CLERK

DEFENDANT

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CHARGE(S): Shooting in an o~pied vehtcle;


Murder
SSN: 587-75-6389

DOB: 10/26/1993
ORDER FOR MENTAL EVALUATION/ASSESSMENT

This day this cause having comes before the Court on motion of the Defendant for a mental
evaluation pursuant to Rule 9.06 of the Uniform Rules of Circuit and County Court Practice, and the Court
having considered same finds that the motion is well-taken and should be granted;
IT IS NOW ORDERED that the hereby Defendant shall as soon as possible undergo mental
evaluation to be performed by Dr. Benjamin Root to determine the following, to wit:
1)

Whether the Defendant has sufficient present ability to consult with his attorney with a

reasonable degree of rational understanding on the preparation of his defense, and whether she has a rational
as well as factual understanding of the nature and object of the legal proceedings against him;
2)

The Defendant's mental state at the time of the alleged offenses with respect to his ability to

know the nature and quality of his alleged acts and to know the difference between right and wrong in
relation to his alleged acts at that time;
3)

Whether the offenses with which the Defendant is charged was committed while he was

under the influence of extreme mental or emotional disturbance;


4)

Whether the offenses with which the Defendant is charged was committed while his

capacity to appreciate the criminality of his conduct or to conform his conduct to the requirements of the law
was substantially impaired;
5)

The Defendant's capacity to understand and to knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily assert

or waive his constitutional rights;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that a written report of the evaluation shall be furnished to


Defendant's attorney, Bridgette M. Morgan, address at :499 South President Street, Jackson, MS 39225, and

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the Honorable Melvin Priester, County Court Judge, Post Office Box 327, Jackson, MS 39205, within thirty
(30) days as an from the date the evaluation is completed. If the Defendant is found to be mentally
incompetent to proceed, the report shall further state the following, to wit:
1)

Whether there is a substantial probability that the Defendant can be made or will become

mentally competent to proceed on the criminal charges within the foreseeable future, and if so;
2)
3)

How restoring the Defendant to mental competency would be accomplished;


Whether inpatient hospitalization is recommended as a treatment protocol;

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the Defendant or his attorney shall prepare and promptly furnish
to Dr. Benjamin Root the following:
1)

A copy of the court order for the evaluation;

2)

Any motion for mental examination or other statement giving the reason why this examination

is being sought;
3)

Information concerning the crime(s), including the names of the charges, dates of the

charges and detailed accounts of the alleged crime(s) including investigators and police reports, arrest reports
and any statements made by witnesses and victims and all relevant medical I psychiatric I psychological
records.
4)

Any statements of the Defendant;

5)

Any statements describing the Defendant's behavior in jail and the names of any medications

administered while incarcerated;


6)

A copy of the Defendant's prior local arrest record and NCIC or FBI Identification report;

7)

The names of at least two family members or friends of the Defendant who may be

contacted to obtain a more detailed personal and social history of the defendant.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the expense of this mental evaluation shall not exceed $2,000.00
(Two Thousand Dollars.

IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that solely for the purposes of aiding the herein mental evaluation
and assessment ordered by this Court, any medical privilege of the Defendant is waived, and any and all
medical and/or psychiatric and/or psychological records of the Defendant pertaining to previous and/or
present medical and/or psychiatric and/or psychological examination or treatment are to be released to the
Forensic Services of Dr. Benjamin Root at Defendant's request.
IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that in order to fully protect doctor-patient and attorney-client
privilege, no report ofthis evaluation and no information provided to the Forensic Services of Dr. Benjamin
Root for purposes of this evaluation and no information generated by the staff of the herein forensic
professional pertaining to the Defendant and including but not limited to tapes or transcripts or notes of

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interviews, shall be released to any party other than the Defendant's attorney and the Court without further

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written order of this Court.


SO ORDERED AND ADJUDGED, this the _

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