Judge: Loughner not competent to stand trial in Arizona shootings
No longer bald and clean-shaven as he was shortly after his January arrest, Loughner on Wednesday had a full head of hair, along with facial hair.
May 25th, 2011
03:18 PM ET

Judge: Loughner not competent to stand trial in Arizona shootings

Jared Lee Loughner is not competent to stand trial on charges of trying to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

The judge said his ruling is based on the results of court-ordered medical evaluations of Loughner at a federal hospital in Springfield, Missouri. Two medical professionals did separate evaluations of Loughner.

The U.S. attorney general will take custody of Loughner for a period not to exceed four months, during which he will be taken to a hospital for further evaluation to determine if he will become competent to stand trial.

Loughner, 22, of Tucson, Arizona, is charged with killing six people and wounding 13 more, including Giffords, D-Arizona, who was holding a meet-and-greet with constituents in Tucson at the time of the January 8 shooting.

During Wednesday's hearing in Tucson to determine Loughner's competency, marshals removed Loughner 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.

Those killed in January's shooting were a 9-year-old girl, Christina Taylor Green; John Roll, a 63-year-old U.S. District Court judge in Arizona; Gabriel "Gabe" Zimmerman, 30, Giffords' director of community outreach; retired librarian Phyllis Scheck, 79; retired construction worker Dorwin Stoddard, 76; and retiree Dorothy "Dot" Morris, 76.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Giffords, who was shot through the head and brain, is recovering from surgery that implanted a synthetic bone and a shunt in her skull, her doctors said last week. She was in attendance last week when the Space Shuttle Endeavour took off from Florida with her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, in command.

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  1. Freud Jung

    This is absolutely hilarious. Let the tax payers pay to treat this lunatic until he is "well" and competent to stand trial, then engage in a long, drawn out trial, with possible appeals. And then, once he's convicted, execute him. Let's save everyone the trouble. Take him out of the prison hospital, put him into the general inmate population and let nature take its course. The guy is a nut and nuts are meant to be eaten.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      So you like eating nuts eh? I want to get my nose fixed because it's slightly crooked from when a guy cheap shotted me and broke it. It looks too much like Jared's. I wonder if Jared broke his nose to resemble mine? I do have tormentors that copy me. If anyone likes eating nuts please let me know.
      -Thedickwhisperer-

      May 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. CorpGreedSux

    everyone talks about the congress woman – he killed a child

    END HIM

    May 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Trashtalking_sumiak

    How can you even punish a guy like that? Will the death penalty be enough? I think handing him over to one of North Korea's death camps will do more justice.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    So? Execute him anyway.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Karla

    Wow he sure looks like he knew what he was doing to me>>

    May 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. TBC

    Go figure...but he was apparently competent to buy a gun at Walmart....

    May 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bruzz

      and a driver's license

      May 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Logan

    By the look of his nose/eyes the cops who arrested him beat the s*** out of him

    May 25, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Huh

    I get such a kick out of how we get to use the plea "not guilty"...c'mon everyone saw him shooting people...he was competent enough to plot a mass murder rampage

    May 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. peter

    WHAT!!!!! U got to be kidding!!! If he can execute the shooting spree !! then he answer for his actions

    May 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sensible American

      100% agree. This took a lot of planning and calculation. Obviously anyone who kills someone is not "normal" according to how we process normality. However, there are many people with mental disorders – as much as 15% of the population yet not too many of them kill people, particularly people who did nothing to put themselves in harm's way. What message does this send?

      May 25, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Davis

    Is it just me or does this nut look a lot like Andrei Chikatilo?

    May 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Freud Jung

      No, I don't think so. He looks like a young Uncle Fester.

      May 25, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sensible American

    Isn't it amazing how the only people who deserve to get the death penalty never get it?

    May 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cesar

    I'm so sad, this guy ducked my mother. He then took me from behind.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Captain Jack

    This was a planned event, not just something that he randomly did.

    May 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Goodstuff

    Pretty high K/D ratio!

    May 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chuck

    Leave him with me for a few minutes; I'll let him feel what it is like to be on the opposite end of a handgun.
    GOOD NIGHT INCOMPETENT!!!

    May 25, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Davis

      Keep dreaming. Don't you have a video game to play....or a movie to watch?

      May 25, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
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