Man accused of killing student in Metro stabbing reportedly found criminally responsible

Jasper Spires. (MPD)

The man charged with the murder of an American University student on the Metro in 2015 is criminally responsible Friday, according to a report by the Washington Post.

Jasper Spires, 20, is charged with felony murder in the death of 24-year-old Kevin Sutherland.

He was ordered to have a full competency evaluation by a judge in August 2015. The Post reports that though Spires "may have suffered from mental illness" during the murder he is accused of, psychiatrists at St. Elizabeth's Hospital say it was not serious enough to stop him from "conforming his behavior," their article states.

He is "competent" to help with his own defense, the Post reports.

Spires was arrested two days before the July 4th murder for another incident on Wisconsin Ave., in which he allegedly threatened a man with a wine bottle. According to police, Spires kicked them as he was being arrested.

Video surveillance shows Spires at the Second Police District station on July 4th at 6.a.m, retrieving a bag containing his belongings. Then six hours later, prosecutors say he is on another surveillance camera.

In that video, you see Spires get on the Red Line train at Rhode Island Metro at 12:45 p.m. after putting on a pair of gloves.

Three minutes later, you see him get off at the next station, allegedly having stabbed Sutherland to death and robbed two other people.

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