Gabrielle Giffords shooter's trial delayed 4 months for psychological treatment

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U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sits with her mother Gloria Giffords the day after the launch of NASA space shuttle Endeavour and the day before she had her cranioplasty surgery.

The man accused of killing six people in Tucson last year and wounding former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords will not face trial for at least another four months, KJZZ's Fronteras Project reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Larry Burns ruled Monday that Jared Lee Loughner should remain at a federal prison facility for four more months.

The judge made the ruling at a hearing in San Diego. At the hearing, the chief federal psychologist overseeing Loughner's case told the court she believed the suspect wasn’t yet competent to stand trial. But she said he was making progress.

Loughner faces 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8, 2011 shooting outside a Tucson grocery store. Six people were killed and 13 were injured, including former Congresswoman Giffords.

Loughner is being held at a medical center for federal prisoners in Springfield, Missouri. Doctors there are forcibly medicating him.

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