Mental evaluation ordered for man in Lexington stalking case

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A judge has ordered a full mental evaluation for a man accused of stalking and threatening a Lexington woman.

The judge gave the order during a hearing for James Caldwell Thursday morning. He was present for the hearing.

Caldwell is charged with threatening and stalking. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Police began searching for Caldwell in late May after, they say, he left a letter with the threats for the victim. WKYT obtained a copy of the letter. It says "I've thought about shooting you at work and then shooting myself or hurting one of your co-workers." Another line reads, "I came up with a plan to hurt random people in Lexington, then coming and hurting you too, just as a means to cover up the fact that it was me that came after you, like some serial killer was in Lexington. Yes, to get you. I've thought about seriously harming complete strangers. I even once followed a couple home in an attempt to prepare victims."

Caldwell check himself into a Corbin hospital on June 2. He was taken to the Whitley County Jail on June 5 before being transferred back to Lexington.

His next court date is set for August.

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