Loughner Indicted in Giffords Shooting

He's charged with her attempted assassination
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2011 7:14 PM CST
This Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 photo released by the Pima County Sheriff's Office shows shooting suspect Jared Loughner.   (AP Photo/Pima County Sheriff's Dept. via The Arizona Republic)

(Newser) – The first indictments against Jared Lee Loughner came out today, with plenty more to follow. The indictments from a federal grand jury charge him with the attempted assassination of Gabrielle Giffords and the attempted murder of two of her aides, reports the Arizona Republic. Still to come are federal murder charges in the spree that killed six and wounded 13.

"This case also involves potential death-penalty charges, and (Justice) Department rules require us to pursue a deliberate and thorough process," said US Attorney Dennis K. Burke. "Today's charges are just the beginning of our legal action." Loughner is scheduled to be in court for arraignment on Monday. On a brighter note, Giffords continues to make progress and is expected to go to a rehab facility later this week.

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