Feds Charge Jared Loughner With Murder of Federal Judge and Child Victim
The Government has obtained a 49 count superseding Indictment against Jared Loughner, accused of attempting to kill Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. He's now also charged with killing Chief Judge John Roll, whom the Indictment says was a federal employee engaged in the performance of his duties. He's also charged with causing the death of the young girl. The Superseding Indictment is available here.
At the end of the Indictment there's a special findings section, that reads like a list of aggravating factors for the death penalty.
I assume from this that the feds intend to seek the death penalty (although they haven't yet filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty) and that Loughner will not face prosecution in state court for the murders.
If Loughner is only going to be prosecuted in federal court, I think his lawyers are breathing a little easier today. [More...]
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