Giffords Shooter Deemed ‘Mentally Incompetent’ For Trial

giffords shooter declared unfit for trial

We just hope that justice ends up being served, one way or another.

Back in March, we were more than pleased to hear that Arizona shooter Jared Lee Loughner was indicted on 49 counts, including the attempted murder of congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Now, we’ve learned that Tucson Judge Larry Burns has deemed Loughner to be “mentally incompetent” and unfit for trial, after his behavior during a hearing today.

While at the hearing, it appears that Loughner lost control, and shouted “she died in front of me” and “thank you for the freak show” while being dragged out of the courtroom. Scary.

At this point, Loughner has been deemed schizophrenic by both a psychiatrist and psychologist. He is expected to return to the Bureau of Prisons’ Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri, where his mental state will continue to be evaluated for a max of four months.

While we’d like to see justice served against this awful man, we’re at least glad that he’ll be kept off the streets while his mental state is explored/assessed further.

May 25, 2011 5:00pm PDT

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