Courtesy of Karen White
May 18, 2016 01:45 PM

A judge has ordered the Michigan man who allegedly murdered his childhood friend before hiding her body in his attic to undergo psychiatric tests, PEOPLE confirms.

Jordan McClahanan, 23, is charged with first degree murder and mutilation of a body in the death of Jessica White, 21. White’s mother, Karen White, told PEOPLE that McClanahan “seemed to have some obsession with her.”

Jordan McClanahan
Hazel Park Police

The City Clerk for Hazel Park, Michigan, tells PEOPLE McClanahan was referred to a forensic psychiatrist and is scheduled for a competency hearing on July 15.

On May 3, McClanahan allegedly walked into a police station and confessed to killing Jessica, Hazel Park police officials told PEOPLE. Jessica’s body was subsequently found in an attic crawl space behind a false wall in McClanahan’s bedroom, police said.

McClanahan, who allegedly said he was high on Oxycontin and Xanax at the time of the killing, has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Jessica White as a child
Courtesy of Karen White
Jessica White
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Before McClanahan’s alleged confession, Jessica had been missing for two weeks. She was last seen with McClanahan the night before, police have said.

Karen says McClanahan wanted to date Jessica but says Jessica was not interested in him romantically. “He would want to hang out with her all the time,” Karen says.

However, according to Karen, McClanahan’s mother passed away in December and Jessica started to see him more because she felt bad for him.

Karen says after her daughter went missing, McClanahan allegedly reached out to her via text asking if there was anything he could do to help search.

“I really care about you guys,” he allegedly texted her the day Jessica was reported missing.

Karen White says this screenshot shows that suspect Jordan McClanhan texted her, 'I really care about you guys' during daughter Jessica White's disappearance
Courtesy of Karen White

“He’s an evil monster,” Karen says. “[What he did] was the worst betrayal.”


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