Judge mulls whether Loughner should attend hearing

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Posted: Sep 19, 2011 9:53 PM
Judge mulls whether Loughner should attend hearing

A judge is considering whether to require the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage to attend a court hearing to determine whether he's mentally fit to stand trial.

Prosecutors argue that Jared Lee Loughner must be in Arizona for the Wednesday hearing. Loughner's attorneys say they want his presence waived and that the hearing should be held in San Diego as originally planned.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six and wounded 13, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

He has been at a prison facility in Missouri where experts are trying to make him mentally fit to stand trial.

Wednesday's hearing will center on whether to extended Loughner's nearly four-month stay at the facility by another eight months.