Loughner Trial Heads to Tucson
First two proceedings had been in Phoenix
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2011 5:50 AM CST
In this artist rendering, Jared Lee Loughner, right, makes a court appearance with his lawyer, Judy Clarke, at the Sandra Day O'Connor United States Courthouse in Phoenix, Ariz., Monday, Jan. 24, 2011.   (AP Photo/Bill Robles)
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(Newser) – Despite a previous report that Jared Loughner’s trial would be moved to California, the accused shooter of Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others will actually get a trial closer to home—much closer. The judge ordered the case moved from Phoenix to Tucson, where the shootings occurred, the Wall Street Journal reports. Prosecutors argued that the four-hour round trip between the two cities would burden witnesses and victims. Though Loughner’s defense lawyers earlier argued he would not get a fair trial in Tucson, they did not object, but they could still try to change the venue in the future.