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Hearing set to determine if alleged Tucson shooter can stand trial

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Jared Lee Loughner has been receiving treatment at a federal psychiatric facility. Psychologists believe he can be rehabilitated enough to stand trial.(Source: Pima County Sheriff) Jared Lee Loughner has been receiving treatment at a federal psychiatric facility. Psychologists believe he can be rehabilitated enough to stand trial.(Source: Pima County Sheriff)

TUCSON, AZ (RNN) - A judge has ordered Jared Lee Loughner, the accused shooter of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, to undergo another competency hearing.

Judge Larry Alan Burns set a hearing for June 27 to determine if Loughner is competent to stand trial for the January 2011 shooting at a "Congress on Your Corner" event that killed six and wounded 13 others. 

In February, the judge ordered Loughner to remain committed at a psychiatric facility after his psychologist testified that she had seen improvement in his mental state but believed he could stand trial with further treatment.

Loughner has been receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Center Springfield in Missouri.

Giffords, shot in the head at close range, was believed to be the intended target.

After a year of what doctors billed as remarkable progress, she stepped down from Congress in January to concentrate on her health.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty in the shootings.

He faces 49 criminal counts, including murder and the attempted assassination of a member of Congress. 

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