Tucson Shooting Suspect Departs Arizona for Missouri

May 27, 2011 - 4:14 PM

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The suspect in a deadly Tucson shooting rampage was flown from Arizona to a Missouri prison facility where mental health experts will try to make him psychologically fit to stand trial.

U.S. Marshall for Arizona David Gonzales says Jared Lee Loughner arrived in Springfield, Mo., around midday Friday.

Loughner will spend up to four months at the facility. A judge ruled Wednesday that the 22-year-old was mentally unfit to assist his lawyers in defending him.

Mental health experts who examined Loughner at the same Missouri facility in March and April had concluded he suffers from schizophrenia.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to federal charges stemming from the shooting that wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others and killed six people.