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Loughner returns to Arizona for Wednesday hearing
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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - The suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage has been transported to Arizona after spending months at a Missouri prison facility where experts were trying to make him mentally fit to stand trial.
Jared Lee Loughner faces a hearing Wednesday in Tucson where a judge will consider whether the 23-year-old can be made mentally fit for trial and whether to extend his four-month stay in
Springfield, Mo., by another eight months.
The Federal Bureau of Prison website showed early Tuesday that Loughner was being held at the maximum-security U.S. Penitentiary at the Federal Correctional Complex in Tucson.
Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six and injured 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns required Loughner's presence at the hearing in Tucson even though defense lawyers objected to it and argued that traveling would be disruptive for their mentally ill client.
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