Jaynes ruled competent to stand trial

A Knox County man accused of murder  has been found competent to stand trial.

During a competency hearing held Friday in Knox Circuit Court, Jesse Jaynes appeared, accompanied by his lawyer Sam Castle.

Jaynes and wife Angela are both charged in the Dec. 27, 2012 murder of 35-year-old James Cox.

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Early in the investigation, the couple said they came home and found Cox at their Bailey Branch Road residence, at which time a scuffle began between Mr. Jaynes and Cox.

Police said later that they believed Mrs. Jaynes was involved, and that she had allegedly involved in a relationship with Cox.

During Friday’s hearing, Commonwealth Attorney Jackie Steele called Timothy S. Allen, M.D., of the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center to testify, after which Castle cross-examined Allen.

No other witnesses were called.

Following the testimony, Circuit Judge Gregory Lay found that Mr. Jaynes “has the capacity to appreciate the nature and consequences of the proceedings against him…”

The ruling also states that Jaynes has the capacity to participate rationally in his own defense.

A similar competency hearing for Angela Jaynes is set for Thursday, April 3.

The case is set for final pretrial also on April 3, with trial scheduled to begin Monday, April 14.

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