The suspect in the shooting of Arizona Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has been charged with two federal counts of murder and three federal counts of attempted murder after the Saturday shooting rampage in Tuscon. Six were killed and 14 injured. Chief U.S. District Judge John Roll was among those killed.
Loughner appeared in the Phoenix courtroom of U.S. Magistrate Judge Lawrence Anderson shortly and "appeared to understand what was happening" reports CNN.
Loughner wore a tan-colored prison outfit, and his head was shaved. He appeared nervous at first, according to [CNN's Ted] Rowlands. Loughner looked at the ceiling and his eyes darted back and forth. His hands and feet were shackled. Loughner sat next to his lawyer and seemed to acknowledge things she said, according to Rowlands.
During the proceeding, [Federal Public Defender] Judy Clarke expressed "great concern" about having Arizona judges involved with the case going forward, signaling that she may try to move the case out of state or have an outside judge brought in to handle it.
Once Anderson took the bench, Loughner made his way to a podium. The judge read the charges against him and asked Loughner a series of simple questions: "Are you Jared Lee Loughner?" "Do you understand the charges?" By Rowlands' account, the suspect appeared to understand what was happening. He answered the judge calmly and clearly, leaning forward into the microphone to be heard.
Loughner's next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 24. The 22-year-old could be sentenced to death or be given life in prison.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, the target of alleged gunman Jared Loughner's shooting rampage, remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma. Doctors say it was a "miracle" that she survived a gunshot wound to the head at near point-blank range.
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