Psychologist Believes Loughner's Still Incompetent

Published February 3, 2012 12:45AM (EST)

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge says a psychologist believes the Tucson shooting rampage suspect is still incompetent to stand trial.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns scheduled a hearing for Monday in San Diego on the status of the Jared Lee Loughner case.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured 13 including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Loughner is being treated at a Missouri prison facility where he's been forcibly medicated for about six months. His current stay ends Feb. 8, but Burns says in a filing Thursday that the court's "inclination is to extend the defendant's commitment by another four months."

Burns says the psychologist believes Loughner "still lacks an adequate understanding of the nature and consequences of the charges against him."

By Salon Staff

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