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Loughner Not Competent for Shooting Spree Trial, U.S. Judge Says

Jared Lee Loughner isn’t competent to stand trial on charges that he killed six people and tried to assassinate a member of Congress in a Jan. 8 shooting spree in Tucson, Arizona, a judge ruled.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns issued his decision at a hearing yesterday in federal court in Tucson. Loughner was examined by a Bureau of Prisons psychologist as well as by an independent, court-appointed expert, both of whom concluded he is incompetent and has schizophrenia. Prosecutors and defense lawyers didn’t question the doctors who conducted the two examinations.