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LAX Shooting Suspect Due in Court Today

Ciancia to make first appearance since deadly rampage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 4, 2013 12:07 AM CST

(Newser) – An unemployed motorcycle mechanic charged with killing a Transportation Security Administration officer and wounding three other people during a rampage at Los Angeles International Airport last month is due to make his first court appearance today. Paul Ciancia, 23, is not expected to enter a plea at his arraignment. He has been charged with murder and other counts and faces a possible death sentence if convicted.

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The hearing is the first time Ciancia will be seen in public since he was accused of the deadly Nov. 1 attack at LAX's Terminal 3. He was shot four times by airport police and authorities won't comment on his current condition, though he was listed in fair condition when he was released from a Los Angeles hospital before being placed in federal custody two weeks ago. Investigators say Ciancia had a vendetta against the federal government and targeted TSA officers, but his motive has remained unclear. (Read more Paul Ciancia stories.)

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