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Mental exam was ordered for man accused of killing Bowie deputy

Tucker Strickland Tucker Strickland

BOWIE COUNTY, AR (KSLA) – Court documents show the man accused of shooting and killing a Bowie County deputy was ordered to have a mental evaluation back in February.

The court order was given to see if 21-year-old Tucker Strickland was mentally competent to stand trial on an assault charge. He was accused of assaulting his mother in August of 2010 (Click here to view court order).

But according to his mother, Stacy Gordon, the mental evaluation found he was unfit to stand trial on the charge.

Tuesday morning, Tucker waived his right to extradition and was transported from Arkansas back to Bowie County, where his bond was set at $3,000,000 on a charge of capital murder.

"At the time this offense occurred, he know what he was doing. At the time this offense occurred, he made an intentional decision to take that deputy's life, and quite frankly he will be held accountable for that," said Bowie County District Attorney Jerry Rochelle.

Other court documents filled out on Strickland, he listed his occupation as prize-fighting.

Gordon also said she thinks her son didn't know where he was when the shooting happened. She said he thought the hospital he was originally being held at was actually a Nazi concentration camp.

Strickland was being transported to the Bowie County courthouse by 54-year-old deputy Sherri Jones for a court hearing on Monday. Once at the courthouse, Strickland allegedly overpowered Jones, took her gun and shot her.

He reportedly fled from the courthouse in the county transport van, but was caught about a half-hour later by police in Ashdown, AR.

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