Shooting trial moves to Tuscon


An artist sketch of Jared Lee Loughner during a court appearance in Phoenix, Arizona (AP)

Prosecutors and defence lawyers have agreed that the federal trial against the suspect in the shooting of Representative Gabrielle Giffords will be held in Tucson, at least for now.

The case against Jared Lee Loughner moved to Phoenix after federal judges in Tucson recused themselves because a fellow judge died in the attack.

Loughner was arraigned in Phoenix. Prosecutors then requested the move so victims and witnesses would not have to drive there.

The deal does not prevent future requests for moves.

Loughner pleaded not guilty to federal charges of trying to assassinate Ms Giffords and kill two of her aides. He also faces federal charges in the deaths of an aide and the judge.

He will probably face state charges over the January 8 rampage at a Giffords event that wounded 13 and killed six others, including a nine-year-old girl.

His next court appearance is set for March 9.

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