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After seven days of hearings in which lawyers argued for the full-time release of attempted assassin John Hinckley Jr., a judge will take some time to deliberate.
Hinckley, who has been visiting his 89-year-old mother at her home in Kingsmill Resort for several days at a time over the last year, is asking for full release to live with her permanently.
Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity for the 1981 shooting of President Ronald Reagan and three others. For the time being, he remains committed to St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington D.C. while Judge Paul L. Friedman considers the possibility of his release.
In December 2013, Hinckley was granted 17-day monthly visits to his mother’s home, where he is allowed to drive by himself, volunteer at Eastern State Hospital and attend social gatherings and events while keeping a daily log of his activities.
Over seven days of evidentiary court hearings in Washington D.C., Hinckley’s lawyers presented several witnesses, including Hinckley’s brother Scott, his sister Diane Sims and several St. Elizabeth Hospital doctors and staff, while arguing for his full release.
Court records do not indicate when Friedman will issue a written ruling.