Suspect pleads not guilty in deadly Ariz. shooting

TUCSON, Ariz. - (AP) - The man accused of carrying out a mass shooting in Tucson pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he tried to kill Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and two of her aides.

The plea by Jared Lee Loughner marked his second courtappearance since he allegedly shot the congresswoman and 18 othersat Giffords' meet-and-greet event on Jan. 8 outside a grocery storein Tucson. Six people died, and 13 others were wounded.

Loughner, 22, faces federal charges of trying to assassinateGiffords and attempting to murder two of her aides. He will laterface state charges dealing with other victims.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns of San Diego asked Loughnerattorney Judy Clarke whether there was any question about herclient's abilities to understand the case against him.

"We are not raising any issues at this time," Clarke said.

Investigators have said Loughner was mentally disturbed andacting increasingly erratic in the weeks leading up to theshooting. If he pleads not guilty by reason insanity and issuccessful, he could avoid the death penalty and be sent to amental health facility instead of prison.

At least eight U.S. Marshals were present at the hearing in thePhoenix courthouse, where Loughner entered Monday afternoon smilingand wearing an orange prison suit and glasses.

Prosecutor Wallace Kleindienst estimated that he would knowwithin the next 30 days whether additional federal charges would befiled against Loughner. Kleindienst said prosecutors provideddefense lawyers with records taken from Loughner's computer anddocuments of about 250 interviews made in the case.

Giffords and two of her aides were among the 13 shooting victimswho survived the attack. The six who died in the attack includeU.S. District Judge John Roll and a 9-year-old girl.

Officials: Rep. Giffords was able to stand upGiffords' condition improves after AZ shootingFocus turns to gun control after Ariz. shootings

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will be in 1 AG Sessions visits LI to discuss gangs, protests planned
Officials say the algae cause a host of 2 Harmful algae found in Willow Pond in Village of Huntington
The county's Republican Executive Committee met to decide 3 Nassau GOP endorses Martins for exec
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party 4 Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day this Saturday
Newsday's Tom Beer gives News 12's Elizabeth Hashagen 5 Exciting new books to read

advertisement | advertise on News 12


Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.