Man accused of killing two women in 2015 shooting spree found fit to stand trial

His family has said he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia

Man accused of killing two women in 2015 shooting spree found fit to stand trial

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A man accused of killing two women in a shooting spree in Jackson in 2015 has been found fit to stand trial.

25-year-old Zebulum James appeared at a mental evaluation hearing Tuesday morning in Hinds County Circuit Court. He has remained behind bars for more than three years.

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In November 2015, police say James shot and killed two women at random.

Zebulum James is charged with killing two women in November, 2015. One was shot in Jackson, a second woman was murdered in Ridgeland. (Source: WLBT)
Zebulum James is charged with killing two women in November, 2015. One was shot in Jackson, a second woman was murdered in Ridgeland. (Source: WLBT)

He’s accused of shooting and killing Suzanne Hogan at the Shell gas station on Watkins Drive in Jackson and a second woman, Kristy Lynn Mitchell, in Ridgeland as she walked from the Drury Inn to Logan’s Roadhouse, just off Countyline Road.

Hogan had just moved to the area from New York City. Police say she was shot in the head while standing near the gas pumps.

Mitchell was from Excelsior Springs, Missouri and was in town on business and staying at the Drury Inn. She was shot and killed in the Logan’s Roadhouse parking lot while walking from the hotel to the restaurant to get something to eat.

Shortly before she died, Mitchell was able to provide police with a description of her shooter. Witnesses at the gas station where Hogan was killed gave a similar description of the suspect.

James was arrested shortly after at the Briarcliff South Apartments on Rainey Road. He is also accused of shooting at a Jatran bus, firing into a house and running over a man’s leg repeatedly with his car.

Family members said James was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was 17-years-old, but he was not taking his medication at the time of the shootings. A judge ordered a mental evaluation for him in 2016.

“He wouldn’t have done that if he was in his right mind. He just wouldn’t have done it,” said the suspect’s sister Keturah James following his arrest in 2015. “I just wish they were still alive, and I just I can’t do nothing about it but say I’m sorry."

James also faces murder charges in Madison County.

James is represented by a public defender and remains in custody at the Hinds County Detention Center. He is scheduled for a competency hearing August 12.

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