Loughner Declared Unfit for Trial In Giffords Case; Back to Hospital


Jared Loughner, the community college dropout accused of killing six people and wounding 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Az.), erupted in a Tucson courtroom as a federal judge found him incompetent to stand trial, the Arizona Republic reports. “Thanks for the freak show. She died in front of me. This is treasonous,” Loughner yelled. U.S. Marshals dragged him from the courtroom as his father and victims watched.

Loughner, 22, will receive treatment in a federal mental health facility for up to four months before doctors evaluate him again. To be considered competent, he must be able to understand the 49 federal charges against him and assist his lawyer. U.S. District Judge Larry Burns will reconsider Loughner’s competency Sept. 21. Two court-ordered evaluations at a federal prison hospital in Springfield, Mo., concluded Loughner has schizophrenia and is not mentally fit for trial.

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