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San Diego judge refuses to stop medication of accused shooter Loughner

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - For the second time in two months, a San Diego federal judge refused Friday to stop prison officials from involuntarily medicating a man accused of killing six people in Tucson, Ariz., and wounding 13 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns, who is presiding over the case against Jared Loughner, denied a defense motion stating that a hearing should have been held before the 22-year-old defendant was medicated against his will.

On June 14, prison officials deemed Loughner a danger to others and began giving him anti-psychotic medications involuntarily.

Loughner's attorneys appealed, and the medications were stopped.

On July 18, prison officials made a decision to resume medications in an emergency manner for Loughner, finding that his mental and physical conditions had deteriorated while off the medications.

According to reports, Loughner was not sleeping, was pacing back and forth, yelling, screaming and not eating while off the medications, the judge said.

Burns said the Bureau of Prisons was authorized to administer the medications after determining that Loughner was a danger.

"I don't think judges and lawyers should be involved," the judge said.

Loughner faces a 49-count federal indictment stemming from the shooting spree last Jan. 8 outside a market in Tucson.

In May, Burns declared Loughner mentally incompetent to stand trial and the defendant was sent to the Missouri prison.

If the defendant regains his mental competency, the criminal case against him can be reinstated.


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