A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the 22-year-old accused of shooting Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) is mentally unfit to stand trail.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns’ ruling came after a competency hearing in Phoenix for suspect Jared Loughner, the Associated Press reported. It means that the trial will be suspended, and Loughner will be sent to a federal facility for up to four months in an attempt to restore his competency.
Loughner is accused of attacking a constituent event hosted by Giffords on Jan. 8 in Tucson, Ariz. Six people were killed, and 13, including Giffords, were wounded.
He has pleaded not guilty to the 49 federal charges against him.
Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.