THE ORLANDO SENTINEL
May 11, 1999
Author: Frank Stanfield of The Sentinel Staf
TAVARES – A woman charged in her sister’s shooting death last week was under a psychiatrist’s care and was taking several powerful prescription drugs, family members have told Lake County sheriff’s investigators.
Christina Marie Jordan, 34, of Tavares, was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of her sister, Patricia, 36, and the attempted murder of her father, James Jordan, 59. Details are still sketchy, but according to court papers made public Monday, Christina Jordan arrived at her parents’ home at 11115 Fountain Lake in Leesburg at about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“She secretly carried” a .380-caliber semiautomatic handgun into the house, according to court papers. Her parents, James and Genevieve, were unaware she owned a handgun. At about 4 a.m., her parents were awakened by several gunshots as Jordan shot her sleeping sister, authorities said.
James Jordan was shot in the abdomen in his bedroom while trying to disarm his daughter.
Authorities said Christina Jordan finally was restrained by Patricia Jordan’s teenage son, Jimmy Jordan, who also called 911, along with his grandmother. Genevieve Jordan told investigators her daughter was taking Paxil, which is prescribed for serious, continuing depression.
Christina Jordan also was taking Depakote, an epilepsy medicine used to treat certain types of seizures and convulsions. Common side effects include indigestion, nausea and vomiting, but less common side effects can include behavioral problems and aggression, according to Physicians Desk Reference.
Lake County sheriff’s investigators also found white tablets in her car, which, they said, are apparently Zoloft, a prescription drug used to treat panic disorder and depression.
One of the side effects can be a sensation of losing control or “going crazy,” according to Center Watch, a clinical trials pharmaceutical listing service. Also discovered by investigators was an empty bottle of Ultram, a pain killer that can cause seizures if abused, according to the manufacturer.
Deputies said they found a “wild” and “enraged” Christina Jordan after responding to the shooting. According to a search warrant, she had overdosed on “dog medicine.” She was taken to a hospital emergency room, where her stomach was pumped.
On Monday, James Jordan was still listed in stable condition at Orlando Regional Medical Center.
According to the search warrant sought by Assistant State Attorney Bill Gross and signed by Circuit Judge T. Michael Johnson, investigators found live .380 rounds in her 1993 Mazda Protege and an instruction manual for the Colt .380.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, the Jordan sisters lived together with Patricia Jordan’s son on Tudor Lane in Tavares.