Police are investigating Brady's death on Monday as a homicide
because of the ruling, Officer Hugh Carew said. Depending on the
results of the investigation, gunman John Hinckley Jr., 59, could be
charged with Brady's death.
Brady, then Reagan's press secretary, was shot in the head by
Hinckley during the assassination attempt. He became an outspoken
gun control advocate and died in Alexandria, Virginia, at 73.
Hinckley was found not guilty by reason of insanity in 1982 for the
Washington shooting, which left Brady partially paralyzed. Reagan, a
police officer and a Secret Service agent were also wounded.
Hinckley shot Reagan in an attempt to impress Oscar-winning actress
Jodie Foster, with whom he was obsessed. He was diagnosed with major
depression, and psychotic and narcissistic personality disorders.
A federal judge in February set terms for Hinckley's outings from
Saint Elizabeths, the Washington mental hospital where he has lived
since the shootings. Hinckley was allowed 17 days a month to visit
his mother's hometown of Williamsburg, Virginia.
Barry Levine, Hinckley's lawyer, said he had spoken with him about
the medical examiner's ruling. He declined to give details, citing
lawyer-client privilege, and said he and Hinckley wished to express
their regrets to Brady's family.
"The idea that this case would be prosecuted is far-fetched,
far-fetched in the extreme," he said, given the not-guilty decision
and the decades between the shooting and Brady's death.
Courts have found that Hinckley's mental illness has been in
remission for more than two decades, Levine said.
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Bill Miller, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said the
office was reviewing the ruling and had no further comment.
A spokeswoman for the Virginia medical examiner referred calls to
the Washington police.
The 13-count indictment against Hinckley for the 1981 shooting
included federal charges of attempted assassination of the
president, assault on a federal officer, and use of a firearm in the
commission of a federal offense. They also included District of
Columbia offenses of attempted murder, assault, and weapons charges.
The District of Columbia offenses included charges related to
(Reporting by Ian Simpson; Editing by Eric Beech and Mohammad
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