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Man Accused in Appalachian Trail Attack Acted ‘Unstable’

James Jordan of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was arrested Saturday.

Federal authorities say a man accused of killing one hiker and severely injuring another on the Appalachian Trail in Virginia had earlier acted "unstable" and allegedly threatened to pour gasoline on their tents and burn them to death.

James Jordan of West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, was arrested Saturday.

Jordan made an initial appearance Monday in federal court in Abingdon, Virginia, where a judge granted a request from prosecutors to send him to a facility for a psychiatric examination. His attorney declined to comment.

In an affidavit, an FBI agent said Jordan approached four hikers multiple times Friday in southwestern Virginia, singing, playing his guitar, making noises and threatening them.

The agent said two hikers got away, but Jordan stabbed a man who later died, and a female hiker, who survived.

Initial reports said the attacker used a machete, but the affidavit called it a knife.

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