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Hearing Set For Idaho Man Accused Of Shooting At White House

WASHINGTON (AP) - A man accused of firing shots at the White House in an attempt to assassinate President Barack Obama will be back in court for a detention hearing.

Federal prosecutors will argue Monday that 21-year-old Oscar Ramiro Ortega-Hernandez should be detained pending trial.

Ortega is accused of firing several rounds from an assault rifle at the White House from more than 700 yards away on the night ofn Nov. 11. One bullet hit a window and was stopped by ballistic
glass. Obama and his wife, Michelle, were out of town at the time.

On Friday, a federal judge denied a government request for a more thorough psychiatric examination of Ortega, who has been deemed competent to stand trial. Prosecutors say he has referred to himself as the "modern-day Jesus Christ."

      
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