Judge to Permit Limited Psych Exam for Roberts

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by Sam Clanton

 

FORSYTH, Mo. – Another psychological examination is being permitted for the man accused of murdering six-year-old Jasmine Miller of Branson, but the exam will be limited in scope.

During a court hearing on Tuesday, Taney County Prosecutor Jeff Merrell objected to an additional examination, while the public defender for 58-year-old John Roberts, James Egan, objected to the intent of a limited exam.

Judge Jason Brown ordered both parties to submit a joint or competing proposed order to that effect by January 3rd, which will be reviewed at that time.

Earlier this year, Roberts was declared competent to stand trial after several hearings before Taney County Associate Circuit Judge Eric Eighmy. He was previously under the supervision of the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Roberts was arrested on February 21st, 2015, after Branson Police found Jasmine Miller’s body in his hotel room. The cause of death was determined to be strangulation.

Roberts reportedly told investigators he was high on meth when the incident occurred. He said he was in a dispute over drugs and money with the girl’s parents, and took out his anger on her.

He remains jailed without bond in Forsyth.