Murder/Attempted Murder charges (Jared Lee Loughner)

Criminal defense Attorney
Murder/Attempted Murder

According to CNN, the criminal defense attorney's for Jared Lee Loughner, (the man who was charged in the mass shooting outside an Arizona supermarket in 2011), are expected to enter a guilty plea on at least one of the numerous felony counts of murder and attempted murder against him; if and when he is able to stand trial by reason of his competency no longer being in doubt. In May 2011, Loughner was affirmed incompetent after an preliminary assessment period located in a federal mental hospital in Missouri and was felt not to be able to stand trial.

Although numerous news sources have already confirmed that he has finally been found mentally competent to answer for his alleged crimes, at this time, The U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona and Mr. Loughner's criminal defense attorneys have declined to comment on those reports.

According to his criminal defense attorney's, Mr. Loughner suffers from schizophrenia and has been receiving medical treatment for a few months. Due to his noticeable suicidal tendencies, he was forced to take anti-psychotic medication. Mr. Loughner's criminal defense attorney's consistently fought the Court orders that he continue his treatment with these drugs since they felt that that the side effects of the psychotropic drugs were interfering with Mr. Loughner's ability to work with them. However, the Court felt that he would be a danger to himself if the treatment did not continue. In addition, the Court felt that the treatment was aimed at improving his mental state so he would be competent to stand trial and it looks as if that time has finally come.

Mr. Loughner had earlier pled not guilty to the charges against him, which include multiple counts of murder and attempted murder and was facing the death penalty if convicted. Admitting his guilt in exchange for and accepting a long term of incarceration, might give the prosecution incentive to offer a plea deal.

The January 8, 2011, attack killed 6 people and wounded 13 others, including then-U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. A meet-and-greet event for Rep. Giffords quickly turned to horror as the shooting transpired. Arizona's chief federal judge was among one of the 6 victims that were slain.

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