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Judge rules Loughner is not competent to stand trial

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Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- Jared Lee Loughner, accused in January's mass shooting in which he allegedly tried to assassinate a congresswoman, isn't competent to stand trial, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

 

The judge said he based his decision on a mental evaluation of Loughner.

 

During his hearing, Loughner was removed by marshals from the courtroom after an outburst, in which one reporter heard him say, "Thank you for the freak show. She died right in front of me," and "You're changing."

 

After the recess, U.S. District Judge Larry Burns asked Loughner if he wanted to watch the remainder of the proceedings on a television monitor, Loughner said yes, and he was removed from courtroom.

 

The hearing was held on whether Loughner is mentally competent to stand trial on charges of trying to assassinate a congresswoman.

 

Loughner, 22, of Tucson, Arizona, faces multiple charges -- including murder and attempted murder -- related to the January 8 mass shooting in a grocery store parking lot in Tucson.

 

More here: http://us.cnn.com/2011/CRIME/05/25/arizona.loughner.competency/index.html?hpt=C1

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