Jared Loughner's Competency Exam to be Performed by Court-Appointed Psychiatrist

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Jared Lee Loughner
A San Diego-based psychiatrist was appointed today to evaluate Jared Loughner, the 22-year-old, lone suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage on January 8.

U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns appointed Dr. Matthew Carroll to perform Loughner's mental-competency exam, according to the Associated Press.

The AP says the decision to appoint Carroll to Loughner was "in deference to the defense's concern about the impartiality of Bureau of Prisons staff."

Carroll's other high-profile appointment was to double-murderer and sex offender John Albert Gardner III -- who was sentenced last year to two life sentences without the possibility of parole for the rape and murder of two teenage girls in California.

Lougher is accused of the January 8 shooting rampage outside a Tucson Safeway grocery store that left six dead, including federal Judge John Roll, and wounded 13 others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The U.S. Attorney General's Office announced a 49-count federal indictment against Loughner in March based on the attempted murders of Giffords and her two aides, the murders of  Roll and Giffords' aide Gabriel Zimmerman, and four counts of causing the death of participants at a federally provided activity.

Loughner's competency hearing is scheduled for May 25.

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onlylove88
onlylove88

There are some ignorant people commenting about this man & his trial. All I'm going to say to you people is, you all are the main reason people kill. People like you tend to drive them to it. May you all find some intelligence one day.

MIKE YEVTUCK
MIKE YEVTUCK

this guy is more proof to never trust a clean cut bald or short haired male. if you notice they do 99% of the crimes we read about.

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I HATE YOU

either way he still looks like a penis head and chronic masturbater.

XSoldier
XSoldier

When's his trial start?

onlylove88
onlylove88

It is suppose to start by sept. 20. That's what Judge Burns wants, but it's not a sure date yet. Competency hearing is May 25.

I HATE YOU
I HATE YOU

that's a stupid question. in about a year or more. is that good enough for you? NO ONE KNOWS YET YOU IDIOT.

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It really doesn't matter whether or not he is competent or incompetent to stand trial, whether or not he is sane or insane. The State and Federal authorities have pretty much decided that he is going to end up in a death chamber somewhere, force medicated back to reality, if needed, so why bother with the "show" other than to determine under whose auspices he will be executed 20 to 30 years from now.

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