Judge: Arizona Shooting Suspect's Competency Could be Restored

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM EDT

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Judge: Arizona Shooting Suspect's Competency Could be Restored

September 29, 2011 Updated Sep 29, 2011 at 11:31 AM EDT

A federal judge says the man accused of killing six people and injuring 13 others, including congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in a January shooting rampage in Arizona, can be made mentally fit to stand trial, according to a USA Today story.

At a hearing Wednesday, the judge said "measurable progress has been made" in restoring Jared Loughner to competency. A prison psychologist said Loughner, who faces 49 federal charges stemming from the shooting, could be mentally able to stand trial in eight months, according to the report.

Read the USA Today story HERE.