Trial Could Be Delayed for Branson Murder Suspect

FORSYTH, Mo. -- A man accused of murdering a 6-year-old girl in a Branson hotel room in 2015 might be going back for a fourth mental exam.

At a hearing this week, John Roberts’ public defender filed a motion requesting another competency exam for his client. The judge, Greene County’s Jason Brown, has given the Taney County Prosecutor until July 9 to file a response the motion.

The 58 year old is accused of killing Jasmine Miller Feb. 21, 2015, by strangling her in the hotel room where he lived with the child’s mother. A jury trial had initially been set for Sept. 24 in Taney County, which is now contingent on how the judge rules on this recent mental exam request.

Roberts remains in the custody of Taney County Jail without bond.


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