A Cooter-area man accused of murder is scheduled to go to state hospital for mental evaluation next week.

An order filed in the 10th Judicial District Circuit Court last month states that James Johnson will go next week for a forensic evaluation at the Arkansas State Hospital.

Johnson was arrested in February after he allegedly shot JoAnn Reeves before unsuccessfully turning the gun on himself.

Johnson, who reportedly admitted to the killing at the scene of the crime and again at the hospital, was charged with murder in the first degree and felon in possession of a firearm.

Members of the victim’s family said they were not surprised, because Johnson had threatened to kill Reeves before the night she died.

“He said he was going to kill my momma (JoAnn Reeves) and plead insanity and get away with this,” the victim’s daughter Stacey Reeves said.

Documents filed in the Ashley County Clerk’s Office report that on Feb. 18 Johnson called 911 and reported that he killed his girlfriend and shot himself. The report also said that when officers arrived, Johnson appeared to have a gunshot wound and was transported to a hospital. County Corober Steve Hartshorn pronounced Reeves dead at the scene.

An autopsy later revealed that JoAnn Reeves was shot 10 times and that six bullets were retrieved during the autopsy procedure.

Documents filed in the Ashley County Circuit Clerk’s office show that Johnson had previously been charged and convicted of violation of Uniform Controlled Substance Act in 1990, battery in 2004, sexual assault and domestic battery in 2009 and public intoxication in 2011.

No other hearings or court dates are scheduled at this time.

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