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Friday
Feb042011

Alleged Tucson Shooter to Face Federal Charges Before State

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON) -- Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman responsible for the mass shooting that left six dead including a federal judge and 13 injured including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, will face state murder charges after the federal government completes it trial against him, authorities said Friday.

United States attorney, Dennis K. Burke, and Pima County attorney, Barbara LaWall, both agreed in a joint statement that the federal case would take place first.

Loughner faces three charges of attempted murder after wounding Rep. Giffords and two of her aides.  He has pleaded not guilty.

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Monday
Jan312011

Jared Lee Loughner to Be Prosecuted in Tucson

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(PHOENIX) -- Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged gunman in the Jan. 8 Tucson, Arizona shooting that left six people dead and 13 wounded, will be prosecuted in Tucson under an agreement reached by the prosecutors and the defense attorney for the 22-year-old suspect.

Loughner, who faces multiple counts in the shooting that also seriously wounded Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is currently being held at a jail in Phoenix.  Government lawyers wanted the case moved to Tucson because it will make it easier for victims and families to attend hearings for Loughner.

Defense attorney Judy Clarke has reserved the option to change the venue.  However, she may decide to allow the trial to proceed in Tucson so as not to upset victims, according to one legal expert.

A federal grand jury has charged Loughner with attempted murder in the shootings of Giffords and two of her aides, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.  More federal charges are expected since a U.S. district judge was killed.  Additionally, Arizona prosecutors are expected to file similar charges in the cases of state residents who were slain in the attack.

It's expected that Clark will use a mental health disability or defect in her defense of Loughner to possibly avoid the death penalty.

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Wednesday
Jan262011

Jared Loughner Researched Lethal Injection Before Alleged Attack

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- Before he allegedly went on the deadly shooting rampage in Tucson, Jared Loughner considered every aspect of the assault including the likely punishment, sources tell ABC News.

Loughner, 22, used his home computer to browse a website with information about the effects of lethal injection, according to sources familiar with the investigation. He appeared to want to know what death by injection felt like, the source said.

Lethal injection is the method of capital punishment imposed by the federal government.

Loughner also allegedly browsed the Internet for information about solitary confinement and, perhaps more disturbingly, an official said, he had been researching political assassins.

It all paints a dark picture of cold-blooded forethought, sources said, and an obsession with assassinating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., who was shot in the head but survived the attack.

Six died and several others, including Giffords, were injured in the Tucson attack on Jan. 8. The congresswoman now is recovering in a Houston brain rehabilitation hospital.

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Monday
Jan242011

Accused Tucson Gunman Jared Loughner Smiles Through Hearing

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(PHOENIX) -- With a smile on his face, accused Tucson gunman Jared Loughner pleaded not guilty Monday to several charges stemming from the deadly shooting earlier this month.

Shackled at his waist and ankles, Loughner did not stop smiling once during the court proceedings, staring straight ahead as the crowded courtroom looked on.

With a fresh buzz cut and clad in a wrinkled jumpsuit, Loughner stood as directed when the judge entered the courtroom.

Loughner, 22, is accused of the Jan. 8 shooting that killed six and injured several others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

Loughner faces five federal charges: 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. He will likely face state charges as well.

He is being held at the Phoenix Correctional Institution, 140 miles north of Tucson.

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Monday
Jan242011

Alleged Tucson Shooter Jared Lee Loughner to Be Arraigned

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(PHOENIX) -- Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of shooting Arizona Congresswoman Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and 19 others over two weeks ago, is expected to be arraigned in Phoenix Monday.

Loughner is charged with only three federal counts of attempted murder but will ultimately face murder charges, as well, and possibly the death penalty -- murder charges take longer to process because of the death penalty component.

At the federal courthouse in Phoenix Monday, Loughner will hear the charges against him and be asked to enter a plea.  It's unknown whether or not he'll try to plead insanity.

The judge presiding over Loughner's arraignment was flown in from San Diego after every federal judge in Arizona refused to hear the case.

On Jan. 8, Loughner allegedly opened fire at the Democratic Congresswoman's event outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson, killing six people and wounding 14 others.

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Friday
Jan212011

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords Lands in Houston for Rehab

Photo Courtesy - Greg Bryan/Arizona Daily Star/Pool Photo(HOUSTON) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has landed in Houston, where she'll begin the next step of her recovery, focusing on rehabilitation at a renowned brain injury facility at the Texas Medical Center.

Before departing for Houston, Giffords left the Tucson hospital where she had been treated since suffering a gunshot to her head in an attack two weeks ago.

Giffords is being accompanied to Houston by her astronaut husband, Capt. Mark Kelly, her trauma surgeon, Dr. Peter Rhee, and her mother, Gloria Giffords.

In a sign of progress, Giffords was taken outside Thursday for the first time since the attack to give her some sunlight. She stood up Wednesday for the first time with assistance and looked out of a hospital window.

Giffords suffered a gunshot wound to her head Jan. 8 when Jared Lee Loughner allegedly opened fire at the Democratic congresswoman's event outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson.

The motive behind the attack that killed six people and wounded 14 might never be understood, Giffords’ husband said. 

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Jared Loughner Indicted in Tucson Shootings

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- A federal grand jury has indicted Jared Lee Loughner in the attempted killings of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides.

The shooting left six people dead and at least 13 others wounded Saturday, Jan. 8, at a Tucson, Arizona shopping center.

The indictments for attempting to kill Giffords and two of her aides, Ron Barber and Pamela Simon, are expected to represent just the start of the federal case against Loughner, 22, of Tucson. He is expected to be charged in the six killings, but prosecutors continue to build those cases before pressing the charges.

Additional charges likely will be added later in superseding indictments, officials said.

Loughner could face life in prison if convicted of the attempted killings, according to a media release announcing the indictments.

The initial indictment came as the FBI reviews surveillance video of the Tucson shooting rampage that shows the horrific scene in clear detail.

It also shows acts of heroism, including federal Judge John Roll being gunned down as he tries to help another man.

The tapes are in the custody of the FBI and won't likely be released until trial.

The video obtained from the Safeway supermarket shows the area where Giffords was holding a "Congress on Your Corner" event. Authorities said Loughner is seen walking into the picture at 10:10 a.m.

According to officials who have seen the video, Loughner quickly moves around a table and shoots Rep. Giffords in her left forehead, just above her eye. At the time the shot was fired, Loughner was within three feet of Giffords.

Then, Loughner reportedly turned to his left, faced the crowd, and continued the shooting, officials said.

Officials said the crystal-clear video footage shows muzzle flashes as the gun is fired.

Besides Roll, five others were killed, including nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, Giffords' director of community outreach Gabriel Zimmerman, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard and Dorothy Morris.

Giffords survived the shooting and her condition has been upgraded to serious from critical.

In all, sources said Loughner allegedly fired 32 rounds before he was tackled by participants in Giffords' public event.

"I ran over to him and I knelt down and put my knee in his back, pulled out my cuffs and handcuffed him in place right there," said Pima County Sheriff Deputy Thomas Audetat. "As far as my recollection goes, he did not struggle with us at all."

Since his arrest, sources have described Loughner as calm, detached and often smiling.

The tapes may provide additional evidence that the assault was pre-meditated.

Loughner reportedly had ear plugs and was seen on tape talking calmly to a Safeway clerk in the moments before the shooting.

Sources said his parents have cooperated with the investigation and apparently had no idea what he had been planning.

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Wednesday
Jan192011

Caught on Tape: Surveillance Video Captures Tucson Shooting

Photo Courtesy - Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The FBI is reviewing a chilling surveillance video that captured the shooting rampage that left six people dead and at least 13 others wounded including Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a Tucson shopping center.

The tapes are in the custody of the FBI and won't likely be released until trial, but they show in clear detail the sequence of events that unfolded the morning of Jan. 8.

The video obtained from the Safeway supermarket shows the area where Giffords was holding a "Congress on Your Corner" event.  Authorities said shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner is seen walking into the picture at 10:10 a.m.

According to officials who have seen the video, Loughner, 22, quickly moves around a table and shoots Congresswoman Giffords on the left side of her forehead, just above her eye.

At the time the shot was fired, Loughner was within three feet of Giffords.

Then Loughner reportedly turned to his left, faced the crowd, and continued the shooting, officials said.

Officials said the crystal-clear video footage shows muzzle flashes as the gun is fired.

The surveillance video also captures an act of heroism as the suspect shoots victim Ron Barber.  Federal District Judge John Roll tries to help Barber, but is later shot in the back.  Barber survived while Roll did not.

Besides Roll, five others were killed including 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green, Giffords' director of community outreach Gabriel Zimmerman, Phyllis Schneck, Dorwan Stoddard, and Dorothy Morris.

Giffords survived the shooting and her condition has been upgraded to serious from critical.

In all, sources said Loughner allegedly fired 32 rounds before he was tackled by participants in Giffords' public event. 

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Monday
Jan172011

Report: Accused Tucson Shooter Will Be Tried in San Diego

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sheriff's Department(SAN DIEGO) -- Pre-trial publicity resulting from the Jan. 8 shootings in Tucson has resulted in shifting the trial of accused gunman Jared Lee Loughner from that city to San Diego, according to federal law enforcement authorities.

While Loughner faces five federal charges in the shooting deaths of U.S. District Judge John Roll and the wounding of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, the decision has been made to move the trial out of Tucson.

The final word on the matter must come from presiding Judge Roslyn O. Silver, but one law enforcement official said “it’s going to happen.  It’s just a matter of time.”

This is a victory for Loughner’s attorneys, who’ve argued that a fair trial in emotionally-charged Tucson is impossible.

San Diego was picked since its judicial district is one of the closest in proximity to Arizona.

Changes of venues are rare but have happened in other high-profile cases, such as the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing trial, which was shifted to Denver.

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Friday
Jan142011

Jared Loughner Posed With a Glock and a G-String

Photo Courtesy - Pima County Sherrif's Department(TUCSON, Ariz.) -- A Walgreens in Tuscon, Ariz. turned over to police racy photos of gunman Jared Loughner with a Glock and a G-string that were taken to the store to be developed the night before the shooting rampage that left six people dead and 14 wounded.

The Pima County Sherriff's Office confirmed to ABC News they had received the photographs from the store and turned them over to the FBI.

The photos, presumably shot in a mirror, show Loughner, 22, posing with the same make of gun he allegedly used in the Jan. 8 shooting. In the photos he holds the pistol against his crotch and buttocks while wearing a bright red thong, sources told ABC News.

The sheriff's office Friday released a comprehensive timeline of the shooter's activities leading up to the rampage. Loughner dropped a roll of 35mm film off at Walgreens to be developed last Friday night.

Police also revealed Friday that Loughner had posted a message that read "Goodbye friends" about six hours before the shooting.

Loughner is accused of opening fire on a crowd outside a Tucson supermarket last Saturday. Among the victims in the shooting were critically injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. He also killed a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl.

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