Posted May 25, 2011 07:37 pm CDT
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.