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AZ Shooting Suspect Arrives In Missouri

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Jared Loughner (AP Photo)

Jared Loughner (AP Photo)

PHOENIX (AP) -  The suspect in the January shooting rampage in Tucson was flown Wednesday to a specialized facility in Missouri to undergo a court-ordered mental evaluation, and his lawyers immediately asked an appeals court for him to be returned.

Lawyers for Jared Lee Loughner said in a court filing that he was taken from Tucson to a federal Bureau of Prisons medical facility in Springfield, Mo.

Loughner was ordered transferred to have tests to determine if he understands the nature and consequences of the charges he faces and can assist in his defense.

Loughner, 22, has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from the Jan. 8 attack that killed six and wounded 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

She remains at a rehabilitation center in Houston as she recovers from a bullet wound to the brain.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press

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