Report warned that Loughner condition was fragile

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PHOENIX (AP) -- A psychological report released Thursday warned that while Jared Lee Loughner was competent to plead guilty in the Tucson mass shooting, he remained severely mentally ill and his mental condition could deteriorate under the stress of a trial.

The report was prepared in late April by a federal Bureau of Prisons psychologist who testified in court Tuesday before a judge allowed Loughner to plead guilty in the January 2011 mass shooting.

Psychologist Christina Pietz's report said Loughner's condition could "wax and wane." It also said the court should act quickly because there was no guarantee that Loughner would remain competent for an extended time.

Loughner is to be sentenced in November in the mass shooting that left six people dead and former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 12 others wounded.

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