The man accused of killing Taneka Gardener at the Pathways Kingdom Restoration Ministries in St. James, Andre Ruddock, has been ordered to undergo a forensic psychiatric evaluation.
The order was made by Justice Vinette Graham-Allen in the Home Circuit Court in Downtown, Kingston on Thursday.
Justice Graham-Allen says the report must be submitted by December 3.
A forensic psychiatric evaluation is required to assess the mental state of a criminal suspect through the various stages of the trial process.
Ruddock is represented by attorney, Anthony Williams, assisted by Venice Brown.
An order for a psychiatric report was made last week when Ruddock appeared in Court.
This morning, the judge adjusted the order to facilitate a more in-depth assessment of Ruddock by way of the forensic evaluation.
Justice Graham-Allen noted that this was not the first time a request of this nature has been made.
Ruddock is charged with murdering Ms. Gardner during a ritual sacrifice at the church on October 17.
Ruddock, who was a close associate of cult leader Kevin Smith, reportedly confessed to the crime in a caution statement to the police a day after the incident.
He was again denied bail and is to re-appear in Court on December 7 this year.