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Crazed Gunman Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty to 19 Charges in Arizona Shooting

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Crazed gunman Jared Loughner was found competent to stand trial on Tuesday. He then immediately pleaded guilty to 19 charges in a shooting spree last year in Tucson that left six people dead including a federal judge, and 13 wounded including ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Loughner murdered U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman. He also wounded Giffords employees Pam Simon and Ron Barber, the latter who succeeded Giffords as U.S. representative from Tucson, the Arizona Republic reported.

In exchange for the plea, the government agreed not to seek the death penalty.

 

Judge Rules Az. Shooter Jared Loughner Incompetent; Loughner Has Outburst in Court

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a ruling that comes as little surprise, a federal judge on Wednesday in Arizona ruled that Jared L. Loughner, who killed 6 and wounded 13 others including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, is not mentally competent to stand trial, the New York Times reported.

U.S. District Judge  Larry A. Burns of  Tucson ruled that Loughner will be sent to a psychiatric facility until Sept. 21. At that point,  a hearing will be held to revisit his competency,   the New York Times reported.

If his status remains the same, he’ll be periodically re-evaluated.

“At the present time, Mr. Loughner does not have a rational understanding of these proceedings,” Judge Burns said, according to the Times.

The Times reported that the judge issued the ruling minutes after Loughner, 22, was dragged out of the courtroom. At one point he shouted, according to the Times:

“Thank you for the freak show. She died right in front of me. You’re treasonous.”

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Proceedings in Loughner Case Will be Held in Tucson Instead of Phoenix

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Proceedings in the case against Arizona mass shooter Jared Loughner will take place in Tucson instead of Phoenix, a judge ruled on Monday, the Arizona Republic reported.

However, U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns noted that the ruling didn’t nix the defendant’s right to move for a change of venue in the future, the Arizona Republic reported.

Prosecutors had asked that the proceedings be moved to Tucson to make it more convenient for witnesses and victims in the case.

The next hearing is set for March 9.

Before Az. Shooting Loughner Looked at Websites on Assassinations and Lethal Injections

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

More is spilling out about Arizona shooter Jared Loughner in the weeks before he went on a shooting spree that would stun the country.

The Washington Post’s Sari Horwitz reports that weeks and days before the shooting, Loughner surfed the Internet on his computer “in what investigators believe was an effort to prepare for his alleged assassination attempt, law enforcement sources familiar with the investigation said.”

The Post reports that Loughner looked at websites about lethal injections,and solitary confinement and political assassinations. Investigators gleaned the information from an analysis of Loughner’s computer.

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Az. U.S. Atty. Plans to Try Shooting Case in State

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke says he wants the prosecution of mass-shooter Jared Loughner to remain in the state.

“For good reason, federal law dictates these offenses be tried in this district,” a Burke spokesman said in a written statement, according to the Arizona Republic “We are moving forward and confident in this course.”

His statement was backed by a Justice Department spokesman in Washington, which contradicted a Washington Post report citing an unnamed federal source as saying it was just a matter of time before it was moved out of state.

U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke

All the federal judges in Arizona recused themselves of the case since Chief U.S. District Judge John Roll was among the six murdered earlier this month.

Loughner is accused of killing six people and wounding 13 including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, whose appears to improving.

Loughner’s shooting and apparent mental instability have set off a fresh debate over gun control.

Hundreds of FBI Agents Investigating Arizona Shooting

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Days after the tragic shooting in Arizona, hundreds of FBI agents are tracing the steps of shooter Jared Loughner, trying to figure out motive, a timeline leading up to the incident and who he had been in contact with, NPR radio reports.

NPR reported that inside the bureau the investigation is known as a “bureau special”, which means agents from around the country are working the case.

The public radio station reported that Loughner isn’t talking.

“Usually in a case like this, agents will try to account for literally every day of a suspect’s life going back years,” Tom Fuentes, a former assistant director with the bureau told NPR. “Investigators will look for other possible associates, or any indication that someone might have talked Loughner into the attack. Even though it appears he was caught red-handed — in this case he was literally tackled at the scene — it helps the prosecution if there is a motive.”

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