Jared Lee Loughner

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Hero in Gabby Giffords Shooting Dead at 78

Bill Badger tackled Jared Loughner on Jan. 8, 2011

(Newser) - How one shooting survivor describes Bill Badger's heroics on Jan. 8, 2011, to Arizona Public Media : "Bill was in his 70s at the time and Jared Loughner was a strong 22-year-old who had a gun and was attempting to reload. Had he been able to reload, he had... More »

Parents Took Loughner's Gun as He Grew Unstable

He also cried at traffic stop on morning of Arizona shooting, documents show

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner started acting so erratically in the months leading up to his 2011 shooting spree that his parents confiscated his shotgun on the advice of the community college that expelled him , reports the Arizona Republic . (Loughner used a different weapon in the Tucson rampage.) His father even... More »

'Gabby and I Are Done Thinking About You'

Loughner gets life for Giffords rampage

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords stood about 20 feet away from Jared Lee Loughner in court today but chose not to speak at his sentencing—during which a judge guaranteed that he will spend the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole, reports AP . Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, delivered... More »

Giffords to Confront Gunman in Court

Jared Lee Loughner set for life sentencing

(Newser) - The Arizona gunman who killed six people and wounded 13, including former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, will be sentenced to life in prison this morning—and Giffords herself will be in the courtroom, Politico reports. A federal plea bargain this summer will put Jared Lee Loughner, 24, behind bars for life,... More »

Loughner Pleads Guilty, Is Deemed Competent

Gabrielle Giffords supports plea that spares him the death penalty

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner won't face the death penalty for his shooting spree against Gabrielle Giffords that killed six. The 23-year-old pleaded guilty today and will likely get a life sentence instead, reports AP . Before the plea, the judge declared Loughner competent to stand trial should he go that route,... More »

Loughner Will Plead Guilty: Source

Will likely get a life sentence in exchange for doing so

(Newser) - Some 18 months after Gabrielle Giffords and a dozen others were wounded in the Tucson mass shooting that killed six, Jared Lee Loughner is set to plead guilty, two sources tell the Los Angeles Times . It reports that psych experts will on Tuesday testify that Loughner is competent do so,... More »

Psychologist: Loughner Now Accepts Giffords Is Alive

Jared Lee Loughner makes first court appearance since May

(Newser) - There were no outbursts in Jared Lee Loughner's first court appearance since May, but there were plenty of revelations. In a hearing centered on whether Loughner can be made competent enough to stand trial, prison psychologist Christina Pietz explained that Loughner does know he killed people in Tucson in... More »

Ariz. GOP Raffles Brand of Gun Used to Shoot Giffords

For $10, Pima County Republicans could win a Glock

(Newser) - Awkward: The prize for a Republican fundraiser raffle in Arizona is … the same brand of gun used to shoot the state’s Democratic congresswoman, Gabrielle Giffords. And it's in her own district: The Pima County Republican Party announced the raffle in an Aug. 26 e-newsletter, the Huffington Post... More »

Loughner's Condition Deteriorates

He is 'less psychotic,' but sobs uncontrollably at times

(Newser) - The details of Jared Lee Loughner's fragile condition were brought to the fore yesterday during a three-hour hearing that ended with US District Judge Larry Burns agreeing that Loughner can continue to be forcibly medicated, as he has been since July 18. In explaining his decision, Burns described the... More »

Giffords Now Knows Who Died in Shooting

Family waited til she had recovered enough to process grief

(Newser) - Gabrielle Giffords has long known that she was injured in a shooting that claimed six lives, but family and friends waited until recently to tell the Arizona congresswoman the full story: That among the dead were 30-year-old aide Gabe Zimmerman, who she adored as if he were family, friend John... More »

Lawyers Search Loughner's Family for Signs of Insanity

Team subpoenas records dating back to 1893

(Newser) - Jared Loughner’s lawyers have been researching family records dating back as far as 1893 in what looks like an attempt to show that mental illness runs in his family, the New York Times reports. The lawyers issued and then withdrew a host of subpoenas to the Illinois Department of... More »

Court: Loughner Can Refuse Meds

No forced medication for Tucson suspect while appeal is pending

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner's right to refuse antipsychotic medication trumps the federal government's interest in making him sane enough to stand trial for the Tucson shootings in which Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was injured, an appeals court has decided. The court ruled that its injunction against forcibly medicating Loughner should... More »

Loughner Appeals Forced Meds

Drugs will attempt to make him competent to stand trial

(Newser) - Attorneys for Jared Lee Loughner yesterday appealed a federal judge's ruling that he can be forced to continue taking anti-psychotic drugs. Loughner's attorneys appealed to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco in a one-paragraph filing. They say Loughner, accused in the Tucson shooting rampage... More »

Judge Rules Jared Loughner Can Be Forcibly Medicated

'I didn't go to medical school,' says judge

(Newser) - A judge ruled yesterday that accused Tucson gunman Jared Loughner can be forced to take antipsychotic drugs in an attempt to make him mentally fit to stand trial, reports the LA Times . Defense attorneys for the schizophrenic Loughner had tried to block him from being medicated without his consent , but... More »

Defense: Prison Will Force Drugs on Loughner

Attorneys file emergency motion to stop forced medication

(Newser) - Prison officials will force Tucson shooting suspect Jared Loughner to take anti-psychotic drugs after finding earlier this month that he is a danger to himself, his lawyers say. The attorneys have filed an emergency motion asking the judge to put a stop to it, but US District Judge Larry Burns... More »

Gabrielle Giffords Isn't Close to Returning to Work

She struggles to speak in full sentences, though hope remains

(Newser) - Gabby Giffords still struggles to speak in complete sentences, and she's not close to returning to Congress, writes EJ Montini in the Arizona Republic . He interviews Giffords' chief of staff for the most realistic assessment to date of her recovery. Hope remains: Giffords' comprehension seems about normal and she... More »

Loughner Deemed Incompetent to Stand Trial

'Thank you for the freak show,' he tells judge

(Newser) - A federal judge declared today that Jared Lee Loughner is mentally incompetent to stand trial in the shooting of Gabby Giffords, reports the Arizona Daily Star . Doctors testified that he is schizophrenic and would not be able to understand the proceedings. The ruling came after Loughner was removed from the... More »

College Bares Chilling Loughner Behavior

Bizarre outbursts by suspect in Rep. Giffords' shooting troubled staff

(Newser) - Staff and students at a Tucson college were deeply concerned about Jared Lee Loughner's strange and aggressive behavior, newly released emails reveal. The emails, released by Pima Community College after a lawsuit from the Arizona Republic , show that administrators balanced their concerns about Loughner with their wish to respect... More »

Judge Orders Mental Exam for Loughner

He'll be transferred to Springfield, Mo., for videotaped evaluation

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner needs to have his head examined ASAP, according to a federal judge. US District Judge Larry Burns ordered a psychiatric evaluation yesterday to determine whether the alleged Tucson shooter is fit to stand trial, the AP reports. The evaluation must be carried out no later than April... More »

Loughner Pleads Not Guilty

He smiles as he enters the courtroom

(Newser) - Jared Lee Loughner pleaded not guilty today to dozens of new federal charges that accuse him of killing six people and wounding 13 others. Loughner, who smiled as he was led into the courtroom, entered the plea to charges that included trying to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, attempting to kill... More »

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