- Suspect in Slaying of Chief Ariz. Fed’l Judge, Shooting of Congresswoman Found Incompetent for Trial
Suspect in Slaying of Chief Ariz. Fed’l Judge, Shooting of Congresswoman Found Incompetent for Trial
Posted May 25, 2011 1:37 PM CST
By Martha Neil
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.