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Court clears way for Loughner's return to Missouri
Appeals court OKs Tucson shooting rampage suspect's return to Missouri facility for treatment
By The Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) ' A federal appeals court says the suspect in the Tucson shooting rampage can be sent from Arizona to a Missouri prison facility where he will undergo more mental health treatment.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday rejected a request by Jared Lee Loughner's attorneys to keep him in Tucson. Loughner's lawyers want him to stay there while they appeal a lower court's ruling that extends their mentally ill client's four-month stay at a Springfield, Mo., prison by another four months.

The appeals court says Loughner's attorneys haven't demonstrated any irreparable harm that's likely to come if he is returned to Missouri.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges stemming from the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six people and injured 13, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

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