Hearing on John Hinckley's mental state resumes


WASHINGTON (AP) — The man who shot President Ronald Reagan in 1981 stopped and paused at a bookstore last fall in front of books on presidential assassinations and Reagan's dispute with striking air traffic controllers.

That's according to testimony Monday in an ongoing court hearing to determine whether Hinckley is ready to have weeks-long visits with his mother in Virginia. Hinckley, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity, has been held for the last three decades at a psychiatric hospital.

Jason Clickner, a Secret Service special agent, says he was conducting surveillance on Hinckley last fall when he observed him inside a bookstore. He said he became "fixated" on bookshelves bearing books on American history, including the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901.

Testimony resumes Monday afternoon.

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