Tucson suspect's stay at Mo. facility extended

JULIE WATSON Associated Press Published:

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- A federal judge has ruled that the suspect in the Tucson shooting that wounded Gabrielle Giffords will remain four more months at a federal prison facility where officials are forcibly medicating him.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns ruled Monday at a hearing in San Diego after the chief federal psychologist of Jared Lee Loughner informed the court that she believes he is still not competent to stand trial.

Burns says he is extending the stay because the psychologist says Loughner is making progress at the facility in Springfield, Mo.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8, 2011, shooting in Tucson that killed six people and injured then-Congresswoman Giffords and 12 others.