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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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