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Man who shot US president Ronald Reagan should be allowed to form a band and release music, says doctor

A psychiatrist treating the man who shot President Ronald Reagan says the patient wants to start a band and should be allowed to publish his music anonymously.

Dr Giorgi-Guarnieri testified during court hearings in Washington that will ultimately determine whether and under which conditions John Hinckley Jr will be allowed to live full time outside a mental hospital.

The doctor says Hinckley, 59, should be allowed to start the band but not perform publicly.

His lawyer and treatment team say he's ready to live full time at his 89-year-old mother's home in Virginia under certain conditions.

Hinckley has been allowed freedom in stages. He spends 17 days a month at his mother's Williamsburg home. One of his interests is music, and he sings and plays the guitar. He also takes part in music therapy.

He shot and wounded the 70-year-old Mr Reagan outside a Washington hotel in 1981.

Hinckley was 25 when a jury found him not guilty by reason of insanity in the assassination attempt.

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