Judge orders suspect in Lexington threat case to undergo assessment

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man accused of stalking and threatening a woman appeared in a Fayette County courtroom Thursday morning.

James Caldwell is charged with terroristic threatening and stalking. During Thursday's hearing, attorneys spoke with the judge briefly before an assessment and medication review was set for Caldwell. The judge ordered that the assessment be done here in Fayette County.

Police say Caldwell also threatened to kill the woman's family and strangers. 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 checked himself into a Corbin hospital on Monday, June 2. He was taken to the Whitley County Jail on June 5 before being transferred back to Lexington. He pleaded not guilty in a video arraignment two days later.

Caldwell will be back in court on June 26.


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