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Jackson to undergo competency evaluation, murder and arson trial on hold


Proceedings in the murder and arson trial of Glen Dean Jackson are on hold pending a competency evaluation at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center at Oakdale.

According to Black Hawk County Attorney Tom Ferguson, Jackson's attorney filed the motion on Friday morning at a pre-trial conference, claiming Jackson is not competent to stand trial.

Police charged 50-year-old Jackson with Murder in the First Degree and Arson in the First Degree, after a woman's body was discovered at a house fire in January.

On Jan. 31, emergency crews responded to a house fire at 2861 Logan Avenue. Inside, they found the body of 57-year-old Sandra Jo Nash.

After completing an autopsy, Nash's death was ruled a homicide. Police say Nash died from blunt force trauma, and that Jackson had a large amount of blood and gasoline on his clothing. Police also found a hammer in the area where Nash's body was found.

Police say Jackson admitted to arguing with Nash and pushing her down during questioning.

Jackson was also injured in the fire and was hospitalized at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics prior to his arrest for arson.

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