Alleged White House shooter due in court Friday

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Posted: Dec 14, 2011 11:14 AM
Alleged White House shooter due in court Friday

A federal judge has set a new court date to hear more evidence about the mental health of a man accused of firing shots at the White House in November.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez of Idaho appeared Wednesday in federal court in Washington, where a judge set another hearing for Friday. Ortega is accused of using an assault rifle to fire at the White House on Nov. 11, when President Barack Obama was out of town. He is charged with attempting to assassinate the president.

Acquaintances have said Ortega acted strangely in recent months, suggesting he believed he was Jesus and calling Obama "the devil." A preliminary psychiatric screening found him competent to stand trial, but federal prosecutors are asking for more extensive tests.