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Posted: Tuesday, February 7, 2012 12:59 pm

Suspected shooter Jared Lee Loughner will continue receiving treatment at a Missouri psychiatric facility, a judge ruled in San Diego on Monday.

Loughner, 23, is accused of killing six and injuring 13, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, in a shooting spree at a Safeway Shopping center in Tucson on Jan. 8, 2011.

Following the shootings, a judge ordered that Loughner be treated at a psychiatric facility in Missouri, where he has been forcefully medicated.

Loughner has been deemed incompetent to stand trial for 49 felony counts. Loughner has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.

Loughner, who as been diagnosed as schizophrenic, is said to be making progress with the medication.

U.S. District Judge Nicholas Burns ruled Monday that Loughner would continue receiving forced treatment at the psychiatric prison for another four months, at which time the case would be reviewed again.

According to reports provided to the judge, Loughner is showing signs of improvement. He has even started participating in group sessions, according to court reports.

The original ruling by the judge is that Loughner needed to be fit to stand trial by June 7, or more long-term options would be considered.

Attorneys for Loughner did not argue with Monday's ruling, but have objected to him being forcefully medicated.

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