An Ozark man who was supposed to appear in a Christian County courtroom today for his preliminary hearing is still undergoing a mental evaluation.

Christian County Chief Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Donovan Dobbs said the hearing for Bobby Gene Jones was rescheduled because the court is waiting on the official report as to whether or not the twenty four year-old man is competent to stand trial.

Dobbs says that, "we got verbal indication from Jones' public defender, Peter Bender, that he has been found incompetent to stand trial."
According to the probable cause statement, Jones filled a syringe with his prescription morphine and helped inject it into his girlfriend, Kristina Lee Liles, 34, of Rogersville on June 19, 2008.

Detective Brad Cole writes in the
statement that Jones doesn't recall providing Liles with his morphine and/or helping administer the drug to her because he had shot up himself that night.
At one point, Jones said that Liles told him that “the amount of morphine injected was too much; (and) that after knowing Kristina had overdosed he put her to bed at approximately 1:00 a.m., and did not attempt to get her any medical attention. Jones went on to say that when he awoke at 6:00 a.m. his girlfriend was not breathing.

Dobbs said Jones remains is still a patient at Fulton State Hospital. If he is cleared to stand trial, his preliminary hearing will be held on July 14th in Christian County.
Not long after he was charged, Jones was found incompetent to stand trial. He had started appearing in court again in April, then his lawyers asked for the second evaluation.

If Jones is convicted of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, he could be sentenced to up to seven years in prison.

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