May 25, 2011 / 7:27 PM / 6 years ago

Alleged Arizona gunman ruled incompetent for trial

TUCSON, Ariz., May 25 (Reuters) - Shooting suspect Jared Loughner is not mentally competent to stand trial on charges he killed six people and wounded U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in January, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns found Loughner, 22, described by his lawyers as “gravely mentally ill,” was incapable of understanding the proceedings against him and assisting in his own defense.

The decision came shortly after Loughner was hustled out of the courtroom for an outburst that disrupted the hearing. He spent five weeks undergoing psychiatric evaluations at a federal prison hospital in Missouri. (Reporting by Tim Gaynor; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Jerry Norton)

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