Jared Loughner Appears in Court

Suspect has been assigned Timothy McVeigh's lawyer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2011 3:41 PM CST
In a Dec. 3, 2007 file photo, attorney Judy Clarke. Public defenders are asking that Clarke, who defended Timothy McVeigh and "Unabomber" Ted Kaczynski, defend Jared Loughner.   (AP Photo/Troy Maben, File)
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(Newser) – The suspect in a deadly Arizona shooting is being held without bail and has been assigned a lawyer who defended Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Timothy McVeigh. Jared Loughner entered the courtroom today handcuffed and wearing a tan inmate uniform. His head is shaved and he has a cut on his right temple.

The 22-year-old is accused of killing six people on Saturday and injuring 14 others, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. His expression was impassive as he walked in, looked straight at the crowd at the back of the room packed with reporters, then turned to speak to his attorney, Judy Clarke. He responded "yes" when asked if he understood his rights. The courtroom was under heavy guard with about a dozen US marshals.

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