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Arizona shooting suspect’s condition worsens – Daily Record | Morris County NJ | AP Wire

August 27, 2011

Aug 27, 4:36 AM EDT

Arizona shooting suspect’s condition worsens

By ELLIOT SPAGAT – Associated Press

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The man accused in the Arizona shooting rampage kept himself awake for 50 hours straight after an appeals court stopped forced medication. He walked in circles until he developed sores and then declined antibiotics to treat an infected foot. Already thin, he stopped eating and shed nine pounds.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns described Jared Lee Loughner’s behavior to explain his refusal to overrule prison doctors who decided to resume forced medication July 18. The drugging, he said, “seems entirely appropriate and reasonable to me.”

Loughner’s attorneys argued unsuccessfully that a court should review whether the forcible medications could resume.

The ruling came in a three-hour pretrial hearing Friday that offered insights into Loughner’s fragile condition at federal prison in Springfield, Mo., where he is on suicide watch.

Christina Pietz, a psychologist who is treating him at the prison, testified by phone that Loughner is “less psychotic” than in the past and that she is now more concerned about depression.

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