Court hearing set in White House shooting case

December 16, 2011 - 6:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A man accused of firing shots at the White House in an alleged assassination attempt of President Barack Obama is due in court.

A hearing in federal court in Washington on Friday will focus on the mental health of Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, who's accused of using an assault rifle to shoot at the White House last month. The president was out of town at the time.

Acquaintances have said Ortega was acting strangely in recent months, and law enforcement officials have said he had become obsessed with Obama.

A preliminary psychiatric screening found him competent to stand trial, but federal prosecutors are asking for more extensive tests to make certain that they can proceed with the case.