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Medical tests for shooting suspect

A US judge has ordered the suspect in Tucson's shooting rampage to undergo a mental evaluation at a specialised facility as soon as possible.

In a ruling, US district judge Larry Burns said that the evaluation will be videotaped and provided to prosecutors and defence attorneys.

He also ordered that it be conducted "as soon as possible" and no later than April 29.

Prosecutors had argued that Jared Lee Loughner's exam should be conducted at a so-called medical referral centre that provides forensic services and has increased resources, and recommended the facility in Springfield, Missouri.

Defence lawyers argue that the exam should be done by an outside expert at a Tucson prison.

The January 8 attack in Arizona killed six and injured 13, including US Representative Gabrielle Giffords.


From Belfast Telegraph