Andy Doernen

Man Facing Murder in Deadly Hiking Attack

Man Killed, Woman Seriously Hurt by Man with Machete

May 13, 2019 - 8:57 am

Wytheville, VA (Newsradio 1140WRVA.com) -- A 30 year-old Massachusetts man is facing murder and other charges following a machete attack on hikers on the Appalachian Trail in southwest Virginia.  James Jordan was arrested by Wythe County deputies following the alleged attack Saturday that left one man dead and a woman seriously injured. 

Sheriff Keith Dunagan says the male victim sent an SOS message on his phone, which provided deputies with his location near Mount Rogers. The Sheriff says the woman played dead until the attacker and his dog walked away. 

Jordan was reportedly arrested last month in Tennessee for threatening other hikers with a knife. He has first court appearance Monday in Abington where he's expected to be charged with murder and intent to murder. 

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