TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A federal court has denied an emergency motion by defense lawyers to keep prison officials from forcibly medicating the Tucson shooting rampage suspect.
In a one-page ruling Friday night, judges from the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals say their denial is without prejudice to the defense seeking appropriate relief in the district court.
Federal prosecutors said in a filing earlier Friday that Jared Loughner should remain medicated because he may be a danger to himself.
The 22-year-old Loughner has pleaded not guilty to 49 charges in the January shooting spree that killed six people and wounded 13 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Loughner has been at a federal prison facility in Missouri since May 27 after a judge concluded he was mentally unfit to help in his legal defense.