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White House Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Comstock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Oscar Ortega-Hernandez pleaded not guilty on Tuesday in what prosecutors charge was an attempt to assassinate President Obama.

According to investigators, the 21-year-old Idaho man got out of his car about a half-mile away from the White House and fired several rounds from a rifle before driving off and then fleeing on foot.

Ortega-Hernandez was arrested a few days later in Pennsylvania.  Last week, he was indicted on 17 criminal counts.

No one was hurt in the shooting, although bullets were found embedded in the White House.  The president happened to be in San Diego at the time of the incident.  His wife, First Lady Michelle Obama, and their two daughters were not home either.

No date was scheduled for Ortega-Hernandez's next hearing.  Prosecutors contend that he's dangerous and had been planning the shooting for months, reportedly spending time before the incident at an Occupy DC encampment.

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Accused White House Shooter Indicted for Attempted Assassination

US Park Police(WASHINGTON) -- Oscar Ortega-Hernandez was indicted Tuesday for attempting to assassinate the president on Nov. 11, 2001.

“In addition to the attempted assassination charge, Ortega-Hernandez was charged with assaulting federal officers with a deadly weapon, injuring property of the United States, and related firearms charges,” the office of U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Ronald C. Machen Jr. said Tuesday.  “The grand jury returned criminal charges against Ortega-Hernandez for violating District of Columbia law as well.”

Although President Obama was not home at the time Ortega-Hernandez allegedly fired several rounds at the White House from the street, the suspect could receive a life sentence if he is convicted on the assassination charge.

No one was injured in the shootings.

Ortega-Hernandez was taken into custody five days after the incident.

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Alleged White House Shooter Fit to Stand Trial, Doctor Says

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Alleged White House shooter Oscar Ortega-Hernandez has been determined to be competent to stand trial, but will undergo further psychiatric testing and evaluation.

Ortega-Hernandez was declared to be competent to stand trial by court-appointed psychiatrist Dr. Elisabeth Teegarden.

The 21-year-old Idaho man is charged with attempting to try to assassinate President Obama for allegedly shooting at the White House on Friday, Nov. 11. He was arrested five days later in western Pennsylvania, after he allegedly fled from the Washington area.

When asked in court Monday whether he understood the proceedings, Ortega-Hernandez said, “Yes, sir.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking for further review, because Teegarden’s assessment was based on only 50 minutes of screening, according to a motion prosecutors filed Monday afternoon.

“Although the government does not dispute that conclusion, the government notes that it was based only on a 50-minute screening and submits that a full psychiatric or psychological screening...given the serious nature of the criminal charges pending against the defendant and the likelihood that mental health issues may arise in the course of these proceedings,” prosecutors said in the filing.

Ortega-Hernandez, who is being held without bond, is scheduled to be back in court Dec. 12, after the additional screening, and prosecutors may have an indictment in the case by then. Ortega-Hernandez has only been charged in a criminal complaint.

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Alleged White House Shooter Ordered to Have Mental Health Exam

US Park Police(WASHINGTON) -- Alleged White House shooter Oscar Ortega-Hernandez was ordered to undergo a brief mental health examination before future proceedings in his legal case. Ortega-Hernandez made a brief initial appearance before a federal magistrate Monday who asked for a "forensic screening of his competency."

Ortega-Hernandez is charged with attempting to assassinate President Obama when he allegedly shot at the White House on Nov. 11. He was arrested last week in Western Pennsylvania after fleeing from the D.C. area.

Ortega-Hernandez appeared at the initial appearance shackled, wearing pants and a long white T-shirt.  The alleged gunman told the court he had no money when he was asked if he could afford a defense attorney. A federal defender appearing on Ortega-Hernandez's behalf attempted to have detention waived for his client, who appeared in video tapes last week referring to himself as Jesus Christ.

Following the mental evaluation Ortega-Hernandez is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing next Monday in Washington.

He is being ordered detained without bond.

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