MIAMI - Andrew Jones, 41, of Jenks, the defendant in the Dec. 5, 2016 brutal stabbing murder of 35-year-old John Leslie Woods has been determined incompetent in Ottawa County District Court.
In a post competency evaluation on April 11, the state represented by Ottawa County District Attorney Kenny Wright offered evidence, and Jones stipulated through his Oklahoma Indigent Defense System attorneys Greg Graves and Velia Vega to the competency report finding him not competent.
Wright accepted the stipulation on behalf of the state without objection, and the court ordered the criminal proceeding to be suspended.
Jones was ordered to the legal custody of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health.
“He was found incompetent and likely to be able to regain his competency through treatment,” Wright said this week. ” So, now he goes to the Oklahoma Forensic Center in Vinita and they treat him which may include the administration of psychotropic medications. Once they feel he has regained his competency then they notify us and he comes back to court and we can start the case again. In the meantime, the criminal case in basically on hold.”
According to the probable cause statement filed in the case, Miami Police officers responded to a 911 call at a residence at 2802 P Street NW in Miami, a halfway house, and discovered Woods lying in a pool of blood. Two witnesses, residents Mateo Rocha and James Thompson, told officers that Jones had been drinking vodka and Jones and Woods argued. Woods told Jones to leave the residence and pushed him toward the door.
Witnesses told an OSBI investigator, Jones left and then re-entered the residence, ran towards Woods and stabbed him in the chest with a knife. Woods fell to the floor and Jones said, “You're going to die,” and slashed Woods' throat.
The two witnesses, who also lived in the residence, attempted to disarm Jones, but he broke free still holding a knife and Woods was lying on the floor bleeding and unable to defend himself. Jones then stabbed Woods multiple times, and he still managed to attempt to get up, according to the witnesses.
Jones then said to Woods, “You're dying,” and Woods fell back onto the floor.
Emergency responders transported Woods by ambulance to Miami Integris Hospital, and he was then flown by helicopter to Freeman Hospital in Joplin, Mo. where he was pronounced dead.
Melinda Stotts is the associate editor of the Miami News-Record. She can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org or followed on Twitter @MelindaStotts1.