When James Brady, the former press secretary wounded in an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, died this week at age 73, it opened the possibility that John Hinckley Jr. could be charged with murder.
A jury acquitted Hinckley for the original shooting, finding him not guilty by reason of insanity. He remains institutionalized at St. Elizabeths psychiatric hospital. He has not yet been charged in Brady’s death.
Below, analysts consider the legal issues surrounding any possible prosecution: