A federal judge on Monday said that Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in last year’s mass shooting that killed six people and injured former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will spend four months longer in a prison hospital, according to reports.
Loughner, a 23-year-old college dropout from Tucson, Ariz., has made “measurable progress” toward being competent to stand trial, said U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns, according to the Arizona Daily Star newspaper.
Burns added that Loughner’s “thinking has become more logical, linear, and coherent” after group therapy sessions at a facility in Springfield, Mo.
In making the ruling, Burns agreed with federal psychologist, Dr. Christina Pietz, when she said Loughner “still lacks an adequate understanding of the nature and consequences of the charges against him,” according to St. Louis Today.
Giffords, the apparent intended target of Loughner’s shooting spree, retired from Congress last week, saying that she needed more time to recover from a gunshot wound to the head.
After he was apprehended, Loughner demonstrated strange behavior. He was removed from a court last May after ranting loudly.