(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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