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Suspect in Slaying of Chief Ariz. Fed’l Judge, Shooting of Congresswoman Found Incompetent for Trial

Posted May 25, 2011 2:37 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the slaying of Arizona's chief federal district judge and the wounding of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords during a spree shooting earlier this year, has been found incompetent.

Under the ruling today by U.S. District Judge Larry Burns, the 21-year-old Loughner will now spend up to four months at a federal mental health facility in an effort to put him in condition to stand trial in the Phoenix case, reports the Associated Press.

Burns relied on testimony by court-appointed experts in reaching his decision.

A total of six were slain and 12 injured at the Jan. 8 meet-and-greet event hosted by Giffords in Tucson.

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