Jason Russell Jump purportedly believes the rapper was inside his body when he killed his landlord

By Harriet Sokmensuer
October 14, 2015 01:20 PM
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A Hawaii man accused of murder claims that hip-hop legend Jay Z took over his body.

Jason Russell Jump, 39, is accused of allegedly bludgeoning his landlord, James V. Johns, to death with a sharp instrument on Dec. 16, 2012.

At a contested fitness hearing on Oct. 9, psychologist Dr. Duke Wagner said that Jump allegedly told him authorities should “put Jay Z in prison for the murder of James John” and to put other members of the Illuminati “who’ve been attacking [Jump] in prison, too,” The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports.

Multiple psychologists have examined Jump since his arrest on Dec. 17, 2012, but the examiners cannot agree on whether he is fit for trial.

All three examiners were given a video of Jump filmed before the murder to watch. In the video, Jump allegedly referred to the Illuminati and “addressed himself or described himself as the ‘Son of Man.’ ” He also allegedly complained about a pain in his stomach that he believed was caused by possession, the Tribune-Herald reports.

For his part, Wagner testified that Jump was unfit to stand trial, adding that he suffers from persecutory delusional disorder.

However, a second psychologist, the state’s designated examiner Dr. Alex Lichton, testified that he was aware of Jump’s claims, but he believes the accused to be fit for trial nonetheless.

The third examiner, psychiatrist Dr. Leonard Jacobs, told the court that while he was only able to speak to Jump for 10 minutes, he believes Jump is fit to stand trial, adding that he was uncooperative and left the meeting “of his own volition.”

Jacobs also testified that he thought the video simply showed “a man who was high on drugs.”

State Prosecutor Shannon Kagawa called one witness to the stand at the hearing: Dr. Edmund Valerio. Valerio, who is not a fitness examiner, is Jump’s attending psychiatrist at the state’s mental hospital.

He said he believed Jump is very coherent, telling the court “he knows what he s doing.”

Valerio testified that Jump, who took a fitness exam twice and passed the first time but failed the second time, would act delusional to try to get powerful painkillers, such as morphine.

He also said while staying at the hospital, Jump would allegedly negotiate with doctors for a Snickers candy bar in order to carry out any requests.

A judge is scheduled to rule on Jump’s fitness for trial on Nov. 24. Kagawa did not immediately respond to PEOPLE s request for comment.

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