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Could John Hinckley face charges after James Brady homicide ruling?

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FOX 5 spoke to defense attorney Bernie Grimm about White House press secretary James Brady's death being ruled a homicide 33 years after the shooting that injured him.

We asked him if he had ever heard of anything like this.

“No, shocking is the right word because you have someone that could be charged with a murder one that happened 30 years ago, which is not unusual in and of itself, but two, the person was already charged and was found not guilty by reason of insanity,” said Grimm.

That person, John Hinckley Jr., is institutionalized. But he has many privileges, including leaving St. Elizabeths hospital to visit family.

In 1981, Hinckley opened fire in D.C. trying to assassinate President Ronald Reagan. Brady was hit and seriously injured. Partially paralyzed, Brady never regained full use of his limbs. He also suffered short-term memory loss, slurred speech and chronic pain.

Brady died 33 years after that shooting on Monday.

The Virginia Medical Examiner's Office ruled it homicide. This leads to questions like: will Hinckley be charged and is that double jeopardy?

“From a legal perspective, you wonder how the heck can somebody now be charged again?” said Grimm. “If he were ever charged and hired me, I'd be running to the courthouse right now with a motion to dismiss. However, the government will say he was never charged with the murder.”

What does it mean? What type of punishment could he face if charged?

“If he's charged with murder, he could be pulled right from St. Elizabeths Hospital and walked up to the D.C. jail,” said Grimm. “He would lose every one of his privileges, and of course, all his liberties.”

If the federal government chooses to press charges, this could even be a death penalty case.

D.C. police and the U.S. Attorney's Office both released statements saying they are reviewing the case.


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