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Monday
Jan102011

Alleged Tucson Shooter to Make First Appearance in Federal Court Today

Photo Courtesy - Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The suspect in Saturday's Tucson, Arizona shooting that left six people dead and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords critically injured is expected to be arraigned in federal court Monday.

The alleged gunman, Jared Loughner, is being tranferred 115 miles away from Tucson to Phoenix, where he will make his initial court appearance.  The 22-year-old will stand before U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence Anderson for the legal formality to make him aware of the five federal charges against him.

Loughner was charged with with one count of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the United States and two counts of intent to kill employees of the United States.

Anderson was reappointed to the federal bench in 2006 in an order signed by U.S. District Judge John Roll, Arizona's chief federal judge.  Roll was among those killed in Saturday's shooting.

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