Jared Loughner will appear in federal court in Tucson Tuesday morning for a mental competency hearing and, if he is found competent, entry of a guilty plea in the [Jan. 8, 2011 Tucson shootings]((https://www.azpm.org/shooting/).

A scheduling order from U.S. District Judge Larry Alan Burns says: "If the court finds the defendant competent, his counsel has requested a follow-on change of plea hearing. Accordingly, assuming the court finds the defendant competent, it will also consider whether to accept the defendant’s proffered pleas at the Aug. 7 hearing."

Several news organizations reported over the weekend that Loughner would plead guilty to the shootings that left six dead and 13 wounded, including former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and current U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.

Loughner has been confined in a federal prison hospital in Missouri for most of the 19 months since the shootings after being diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression and being judged mentally incompetent to stand trial.

Under federal care and at the objection of his lawyers, he has been on medication and treatment to try bringing him to competency.

Tuesday's hearing was scheduled to determine if the medication and treatment have brought Loughner, 23, to competency.

Several news organizations reported over the weekend that he would plead guilty after being found competent and face life in prison with no chance for parole.

Loughner was subdued and disarmed by bystanders at the scene of the shootings outside a Safeway supermarket on Tucson's northwest side and taken into custody shortly after by sheriff's deputies.