White House shooter due back in Washington court

December 14, 2011 - 5:50 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of firing shots at the White House in an attempt to kill President Barack Obama in November is scheduled to be back in court.

Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez of Idaho is due in court for a hearing Wednesday. Ortega is accused of using an assault rifle to fire at the White House on the evening of Nov. 11, when Obama was out of town. One bullet smashed into a window of the living quarters of the executive mansion but was stopped by ballistic glass.

Acquaintances have said he acted strangely in recent months, suggesting he believed he was Jesus and calling Obama "the devil." Preliminary psychiatric screening found him competent to stand trial. But federal prosecutors are asking for more extensive tests.