Judge denies defense request to stop Loughner's mental restoration
Web Producer: David Rush
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - Psychological treatments of January shooting suspect Jared Loughner will continue. The judge in the case said Loughner is getting better and is on his way to mental competency.
Federal Court Judge Larry Burns denied an emergency motion by the defense to halt the treatments at a Missouri federal prison. In his decision, Burns reiterated his ruling last week to have Loughner committed for 4 month because he found substantial probability that Loughner could be restored to competency to stand trial.
Loughner is accused of killing 6 people and injuring 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a shooting rampage in January. The judge ruled back in May that Loughner was not competent to stand trial and ordered him to undergo psychiatric counseling.
In court several months later, Burns said there is overwhelming evidence that Loughner is getting better and noted his appearance and demeanor had improved since his last time in court.