Accused Arizona Shooter Loughner Faces 49 Counts

Friday, 04 Mar 2011 02:44 PM

 

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PHOENIX  - Federal prosecutors Friday unsealed a new indictment against Tucson shooting rampage suspect Jared Lee Loughner, setting in motion the formal process of deciding whether to seek the death penalty.

Jared Loughner
Jared Loughner
The latest 49-count indictment charges Loughner, 22, with murder in the deaths of a federal judge and an aid to U.S. Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in the attack at a meet-and-greet event for constituents.

It also charges Loughner with causing the deaths of four other people who were "participants at a federally provided activity" when they were gunned down at the Jan. 8 event.

The indictment starts a formal review process at the U.S. Department of Justice of deciding whether to seek the death penalty against Loughner in connection with the murder charges, which are a capital offense, according to a statement from the U.S. attorney's office in Tucson.


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