Judge to mull an extension of Loughner's treatment

By AMANDA LEE MYERS and JACQUES BILLEAUD | September 28, 2011 | 3:45 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson shooting rampage suspect is set to make his first court appearance since an angry outburst got him kicked out of a May competency hearing.

A judge in Tucson hears arguments Wednesday over whether Jared Lee Loughner should spend eight more months in psychological treatment in a bid to make him competent to stand trial.

Loughner has been at a Missouri prison facility since U.S. District Judge Larry Burns found him mentally unfit four months ago.

Burns' decision followed a hearing in which Loughner interrupted proceedings with a loud rant, and federal marshals removed him from the courtroom.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty in the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.