The case was originally moved to Phoenix after federal judges in Tucson recused themselves from the trial because John Roll, a fellow federal judge, died in the attack.

Loughner trial moved to Phoenix?

Request to move the proceedings is granted so the victims and their families would not have to travel to attend


Associated Press
January 29, 2011 6:02AM (UTC)

Prosecutors and defense lawyers have agreed that the federal trial against the suspect in the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords will be held in Tucson, at least for now.

The case against Jared Lee Loughner moved to Phoenix after federal judges in Tucson recused themselves because a fellow judge died in the attack.

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Loughner was arraigned in Phoenix on Monday. Prosecutors then requested the move to Tucson so victims and witnesses would not have to drive there.

The deal doesn't prevent future requests for moves.

Loughner pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to assassinate Giffords and kill two of her aides. He also faces federal charges in the deaths of an aide and the judge.

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He likely faces state charges in the Jan. 8 rampage at a Giffords event that wounded 13 and killed six others, including a 9-year-old girl.

His next court is set for March 9.

 


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