The 23-year-old charged with critically wounding ex-Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others is expected to plead guilty Tuesday, the Los Angeles Times is reporting.Jared Lee Loughner’s trial had been delayed for a year and a half because psychiatric experts didn’t consider him mentally fit enough to face the court.
But now, despite swings in his mental states, those experts have found he understands just how serious the charges against him are and can enter a guilty plea, the LA Times reported, citing two anonymous sources.
It’s unclear whether Loughner will plead guilty in exchange for avoiding the death penalty.
Loughner stunned the nation when he allegedly opened fire on a gathering of Giffords’ constituents in January 2011.
He allegedly shot the Congresswoman in the head, ending her career for the moment, and wounded a dozen others. Among the half dozen who didn’t survive the rampage were a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge.
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