ABINGDON, Va.—A Massachusetts man faces a federal murder charge following attacks reported Saturday morning on the Appalachian Trail in Southwest Virginia.
James L. Jordan, 30, was charged with one count of murder within the special maritime territorial jurisdiction of the United States and count of assault with the intent to murder within the special maritime territorial jurisdiction of the United States.
The U.S. Attorney's office said the arrest followed a deadly stabbing incident that occurred along the trail in Wythe County that left one person dead and another person severely injured.
The victims have not been identified.
Jordan, who goes by the name "Sovereign," is expected to appear in federal court in Abingdon on Monday.
Jordan was previously arrested after apparently threatening hikers last month in Unicoi County, Tennessee. He was convicted, but received probation and was released.
The investigation into the attacks on the trail is ongoing, federal authorities said.