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Suspect in shooting at SAU evaluated; next hearing will be scheduled soon

by Joshua Turner | October 1, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
(Photo Courtesy of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Department)

A mental health evaluation for Odies Wilson IV, who is facing capital murder charges related to a 2020 shooting at Southern Arkansas University, was conducted on Sept. 22, according to documents filed by the Arkansas Department of Human Services Division of Behavioral Health Services.

Judge David Talley said once he receives the results of the evaluation, Wilson will be scheduled for the next available court date, which may be as soon as Oct. 6.

The mental health evaluation was requested by Wilson's attorney in February, in order to determine whether the murder suspect is capable of understanding the charges against him and other court proceedings.

These evaluations can also determine whether or not Wilson is mentally capable of understanding why what he is being accused of is unlawful or if he is incapable of acting lawfully due to a mental health issue.

Wilson's charges stem from the August, 2020 shooting Joshua Keshun Smith in the Reynolds parking lot at SAU.

Shaivonn Robinson, Quincy Lewis and Le'Kamerin Tolbert were also arrested in relation to the murder of Smith at the same time as Wilson.

A trial for Wilson was previously scheduled for January this year. He also faces charges of aggravated robbery and first-degree battery.

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