Jared Lee Loughner must appear at the hearing in Tucson to determine whether he should be held longer at a medical facility for federal prisoners, a federal judge ordered today.
U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns also rescheduled the hearing. Instead of taking place tomorrow, it is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sept. 28.
All the parties and the judge will be in Tucson, instead of having some parties in Tucson and others in San Diego, connected via video link, as has happened with previous hearings.
Burns agreed with a prosecution argument that Loughner’s presence at the hearing is required. The last time Loughner appeared at a hearing in his case, he had a verbal outburst and was removed from the courtroom by deputy U.S. marshals.
The hearing, at U.S. District Court in Tucson, will be over whether Loughner may be held four or more months longer at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., as prison staff attempt to restore him to competency. On May 25, Burns ruled Loughner was incompetent to stand trial.
Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the Jan. 8 shooting spree at a Tucson political gathering that killed six and wounded 13 people, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.