Psychiatrist says man who shot Pres. Reagan should be able to start a band

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This 30 March 1981 file photo shows John Hinckley Jr. (L) escorted by police in Washington, DC, following his arrest after shooting and seriously wounding then US president Ronald Reagan. A federal judge ruled 17 December 2003 Hinckley can make local visits with his family from St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC, where he has been held. AFP PHOTO/FILES (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON D.C. — A psychiatrist treating the man who shot President Ronald Reagan says the patient wants to start a band and should be allowed to publish his music anonymously.

Dr. Giorgi-Guarnieri testified Friday during court hearings that will ultimately determine whether and under which conditions John Hinckley Jr. will be allowed to live full time outside a mental hospital. Giorgi-Guarnieri says Hinckley should be allowed to start the band but not perform publicly.

Hinckley’s lawyer and treatment team say he’s ready to live full time at his 89-year-old mother’s home in Virginia under certain conditions.

Hinckley has been allowed freedom in stages. He spends 17 days a month at his mother’s Williamsburg home. One of his interests is music, and he sings and plays the guitar. He also participates in music therapy.

Moments after attempted murder of Pres. Reagan by John Hinckley w. WH press secy. James Brady on ground shot, secret service w. guns drawn, & camera crews recording it all. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

Moments after attempted murder of Pres. Reagan by John Hinckley w. WH press secy. James Brady on ground shot, secret service w. guns drawn, & camera crews recording it all. (Photo by Dirck Halstead/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)