Hearing for Man Accused in Three Deaths Near Palestine Delayed for Mental Evaluation

MARIANNA, AR - In Marianna, proceedings against a man accused of killing three people in Lee County have been delayed, after defense attorneys indicated they would seek a mental evaluation for the man.

A circuit judge reset the August hearing for Gordon Randall Gwathney to October 29.  Gwathney faces three counts of capital murder and two counts of attempted capital murder.  The charges stem from the February 13 killings at a home near Palestine.

Gwathney's mother-in-law, 51-year-old Sylvia Reeves, was killed, along with her grandparents, 81-year-old J.O. Mitchell and 79-year-old Evelyn Mitchell.  Gwathney's brother-in-law, Terry Reeves, and St. Francis County Sheriff's Deputy Tracy Jackson were wounded as they went to help the family.

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