Jean's mental health in question

March 13, 2009 2:55:22 PM PDT
Eyewitness News has the latest developments in the murder of Susana DeJesus. Suspect Nicholas-Michael Jean's accomplice is still at large, but maybe not for long.[PHOTOS: See images from search for Susana DeJesus]
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We've learned new information about that second person and we're hearing from Jean's attorney for the first time. He's raising issues about Jean's mental health.

The abduction occurred in Brazoria County. Dejesus' body was found in Houston within Harris County limits. The charge of capital murder is still pending.

We also learned from the medical examiner that DeJesus' cause of death was gunshot wounds to the head. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

A source close to the investigation told us that Houston Police Department homicide investigators have an idea who Jean's accomplice is. They are continuing to talk to Jean's associates in an effort to identify that person.

Jean, 21, went before a Brazoria County judge Wednesday morning and was formally arraigned. His court-appointed attorney, Tom Stickler is the same lawyer who represented Kimberly Trenor in the Baby Grace case. Stickler said he spoke briefly with Jean and did not discuss the facts of the case.

"There are some concerns about mental health issues. I anticipate experts will be appointed soon to evaluate his mental health. He is a very quiet, scared 21-year-old," said Stickler.

Pearland police arrested Jean Monday night after a daylong manhunt following an attempted carjacking in a residential neighborhood. From that arrest, police said he began talking about the DeJesus case and gave authorities information which led them to her body just a few miles from Reliant Park in Houston.

While Jean faces a laundry list of charges in Brazoria County, capital murder charges for the killing of DeJesus have yet to be filed.

"I think it would behoove us to do an investigation as thorough as possible and then make a determination as to where the charges would be filed," said Harris County District Attorney Pat Lykos.

Lykos said that could happen in a matter of days. The location of potential witnesses and where the most physical evidence was recovered will likely factor into making a decision.

"I want to be clear that we are not a big county trying to take over a high publicity case. If Harris County accepts this case it will be a result of a request of a sister county," said Lykos. The two DA's have yet to have a conversation.

Police are asking the public to keep a look out for the accomplice's vehicle. It's a black Ford F-150 with an extended cab and there are three decals on the back window.

There is still a nearly $28,000 reward for information leading to another arrest in this case.

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