Hearing Set for Accused White House Shooter

Prosecutors to argue that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez should be detained pending trial

Monday, Dec 19, 2011  |  Updated 7:31 AM EDT
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Psychological Exam Ordered for Alleged White House Shooter

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Psychological Exam Ordered for Alleged White House Shooter

Bond was denied for Oscar Ortega-Hernandez, the man accused of firing an assault rifle at the White House. (Courtroom sketches by Art Lien.)
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A man accused of firing shots at the White House in an attempt to assassinate President Barack Obama will be back in court for a detention hearing.

Federal prosecutors will argue Monday that Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez, 21, should be detained pending trial.

Ortega is accused of firing several rounds from an assault rifle at the White House from more than 700 yards away on the night of Nov. 11. One bullet hit a window and was stopped by ballistic glass. Obama and his wife, Michelle, were out of town at the time.

On Friday, a federal judge denied a government request for a more thorough psychiatric examination of Ortega, who has been deemed competent to stand trial. Prosecutors say he has referred to himself as the "modern-day Jesus Christ."

He has been declared competent to stand trial.

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