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Judge: Holocaust museum shooting suspect not fit for court

June 30, 2009
Museum shooting suspect James von Brunn remains in a Washington hospital.

Museum shooting suspect James von Brunn remains in a Washington hospital.

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The alleged shooter in this month’s deadly attack at the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington is not yet capable of coming to court, a judge declared Tuesday.

James von Brunn, an 88-year-old World War II veteran, is still hospitalized in stable condition after being shot by security officers at the museum. He is accused of opening fire and killing a guard who had opened a door for him.

Von Brunn has not had an initial court appearance on charges against him, including first-degree murder and killing while in possession of a firearm in a federal facility.

“Yesterday we received a call from the doctor at the department of corrections saying Mr. von Brunn is not able to appear in court this week,” prosecutor Nicole Waid told the judge during a status hearing Tuesday. “We are not sure about next week.”

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