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Mental evaluation ordered for murder suspect in uncle starvation death

September 28th, 2011 9:41 am by Staff Report

JACKSBORO (AP) — A Campbell County judge has ordered a mental evaluation for a Caryville man charged with murder in the starvation death of his uncle.

John Glenn Lowe had been scheduled to stand trial beginning Tuesday on charges of first-degree murder, felony murder, gross negligence of an impaired adult and theft. The 41-year-old Lowe is charged in the death of 67-year-old Paul Ray Cox in September 2010. Authorities said Lowe lived with Cox, who was his uncle, according to The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/pO1Kyy ).

On Monday, however, Campbell County Criminal Court Judge E. Shayne Sexton ordered that Lowe be evaluated to determine whether he can assist his public defender in his own defense.

Lowe has been held in the Campbell County jail since his arrest nearly a year ago.

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Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com

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