Accused White House Shooter Competent for Trial

Judge rules on additional evaluations

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    Art Lien
    Court room sketch by Art Lien

    No additional mental evaluations are necessary right now. The man accused of trying to assassinate President Barack Obama is competent to stand trial, a judge ruled Friday.

    Oscar Ortega-Hernandez is accused of firing an assault rifle at the White House last month.

    The president was out of town at the time.

    A preliminary psychiatric screening found Ortega-Hernandez competent to stand trial, but federal prosecutors asked for more extensive tests to make certain they could proceed with the case.

    U.S. Magistrate John Facciola said there is no evidence to suggest that Ortega-Hernandez is incompetent for trial, but prosecutors could request additional tests in the future if necessary.