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Family of Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr. overwhelmed by legal bills

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DALLAS -- The family of the man who shot President Ronald Reagan tells NBC DFW they can no longer afford his legal bills.

On Friday John Hinckley Jr.'s lawyers filed a motion in federal court asking to withdraw from Hinckley's case. They said there were signficant outstanding legal bills from the ongoing court battle over whether Hinckley can spend more time away from the hospital he was committed to after the shooting.


Hinckley attended Highland Park High School and some of his family members still live in North Texas.  

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On Saturday, the family told NBC 5 Investigates Reporter Scott Friedman:

 "The Hinckley family would like to express their continued love and support for John. We thank Dickstein Shapiro for their many years of legal service...  The past three decades have been very difficult for all who have been affected by John's illness.  Regrettably, however, thirty years of legal battles have exhausted the financial resources available to pay the fees and expenses associated with John's ongoing legal proceedings.  We will continue to support John in every way possible."

A federal judge is expected to rule this fall on Hinckley's request for more visitation with his mother who lives in Virginia.

Hinckley has been in a psychiatric hospital since being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting of Reagan and three other men in 1981.

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