Giffords' alleged shooter indicted on 49 counts
Jared Lee Loughner has been indicted on 49 counts in connection with the shootings that injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
March 4th, 2011
02:46 PM ET

Giffords' alleged shooter indicted on 49 counts

A federal grand jury has indicted Jared Lee Loughner on 49 counts in an indictment authorities unveiled Friday, prosecutors said.

The charges relate to a shooting in Tucson, Arizona, that killed several people and critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Arizona.

A grand jury indicted Loughner in January on three counts of attempted murder, including one alleging that he tried to kill Giffords. The new indictment includes those charges and adds several others.

It charges him with murder in the death of John Roll, a federal judge, and Gabriel Zimmermann, a staff member for Giffords.

It also charges him with causing the deaths of Dorothy J. Morris, Phyllis C. Schneck, Dorwan C. Stoddard and a child at a federally provided activity, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

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  1. NFL FAN

    Spare the trial – on with the hangin'.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Computerpro

      YOU BET YOUR BRITCHES!!

      March 4, 2011 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • db

      This guy has rights, after all this is American! He is inocent until proven guilty in a court of Law. Give him a trial, one that is about 10 minutes long of which 9 minutes were wasted, then take him outside and do a public hanging right after he is sentanced to death. Let him struggle a bit doing the rope dance by just raising up the tension a bit to the point he has to stand on his toes or he will hang himself. After he gets tired or we get tired of watching, drop the door and let him do the dangle dance until his neck breaks and wipes that crazy smile off his face. What a waste of sperm he was by his father.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. MIKE

    Why can't we just execute him and give the money for the trial to the victims?

    March 4, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric of Reseda

      Agreed. I'm a Liberal, and as such, I'm into stuff like education, social causes, environmental stuff. What I'm not into is this notion that the death penalty is entirely wrong. Why should we pay $20 – 40,000 annually to keep this guy alive for the next 50 years when that money can go to educating our kids, providing after-school programs, cleaning up toxic waste sites, etc.? I believe that in our attempt to become civilized, we have forgotten that sometimes taking guys like this out to the back of the courthouse and putting a single bullet to the brain is, in fact, the most civilized thing we can do in order to maintain a truly civilized society. Warehousing serial murderers is genuinely insane.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny

      You can't just execute this guy with out a trial to first find him guilty. There is a possibility he may be innocent. Well anyway, after he is found guilty, then he can be executed for each death he caused. That means give his body a jolt for each death he caused. The important thing is that we must give him a trial before his execution.

      March 4, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane Baker

      Kenny, please explain to me how he might be innocent. If he did what he did in front of a crowd of people, and was apprehended almost immediately thereafter, how can there be any doubt? If I walk up to a cop on the corner, point to some guy standing around minding his own business, and say "Hey, that guy just committed a crime", then in that situation there needs to be a determination of guilt. But if a guy walks up in front of a crowd of people and starts shooting, I think it's safe to say he did it. The only question remains why did he do it. If he was mentally unstable then the justice system should treat him differently. But if he is found to be in his right mind and subsequently convicted, then personally I cannot think of a case more deserving of the death penalty. If that happens, I think it's safe to say the smile will come off of his face when they stick the needle in arm.

      March 4, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Roper

    Hewontmakeittotrial...he'sgonnagetkilledbeforethat

    March 4, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus

      hey roper, its called a space bar.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Rick

    Spare the trial is exactly right! Everyone knows he did it, we don't need a trial! I say use a firing squad.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Arlon

    As much as I hate to say it... I'm going to love watching this monster die.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • JGORDON

      This guy's not the monster. He's just a mentally ill pathetic lost creature. The real monster here is a system that sells handguns so indiscriminantly to its citizens. There's the monster. You want monsters? Go after Hitler, Stalin, or Pol Pot. If you're going to rage, at least point your rage at the biggerl culprit.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joeuno

    why don't they 1 big trial for the feds and state in one with 2 juries 1 for state does state charges and a fed jury doing the fed charges. The evidence is the same for both.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. John Conner

    America, get ready for alot more Jared Lee Loughner's....the gun obssessed, gangsta-rap, thug life, bloods & crips type mentality is taking over this nation! We no longer have any moral authority after the debacle in Iraq (What? No weapons of mass destruction? Oops...) and we can't seem to constrain our urge to meddle in every other countries political struggles. What would have happened if China had enforced a "no-fly zone" after The Branch Davidian Fire or Ruby Ridge? How well would that have gone over? As long as we continue to practice our role as "policeman to the world", we will continue to inspire resentment, hostility and animosity among other countries, especially Arab nations.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Quinton

      Crickets...

      March 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • AG DFW

      Scatter shooting much?

      March 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Blah, blah, blah, blah.

      March 4, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      ...take your meds and think fluffy clouds John......

      March 4, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jason Hallock

    what ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty in a court of law" ?

    March 4, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • lakeshoe

      Nothing....it will (should) be a very short trial. They have the the victims, the weapon, gun powder residue on the shooter, witnesses of the shooting, diary entries showing that this was premeditated.....end of story....But he pleads not guilty....must be mentally ill I suppose. Should this even matter? Send him to help clear mine fields and help save lives until he loses his.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Are you serious???? In this case there is NO doubt whatsoever he did this so the word innocence does not even factor in.....he should be shot in the head! End of story!!!!

      March 4, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • KC

      Jason...REALLY??? Do you think this is a case of "innocent until proven guilty"? REALLY??? *shakes head in disbelief*

      March 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      that has never been the case in Amerika except on tv and for rich people

      March 4, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jeff

    This guy is a fricken phsyco idiot

    March 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. AG DFW

    Allowing his case to reach a courtroom makes as much sense as giving a jury trial to a rabid dog.

    Sadly, protecting the standard of the American justice system dictates that we treat him as we would anyone else.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • JGORDON

      What's so sad about that? Sure, we could do it like the Chinese or the Saudis. Shoot them. Off with their heads. And that certainly satisfies the Madding Crowd. But where does that take the American ideal of justice? Down the toilet.

      March 4, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cat woman

    Let me guess he's innocent until proven guilty???? Please spare me. What a waste... hang the idiot and get it over with and send me a invitation to watch!

    March 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. LOU

    Is there anything to declare INNOCENT here, he clearly DID IT !!!!! And took the lives of innocent people the only thing that needs to be decided is he penalty. Jason I would agree if there was any doubt he pulled the trigger BUT this is clearly not the case. How about these families that have lost their loved ones and the injured who have to relive this nightmare for the rest of their lives. THIS CASE IS SO SAD and based on information thus far sounds like could have possibly been PREVENTED !!!!

    March 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. paco

    i say throw the book at him...either lock him away and throw away the key or put this monster to death...this guy is just crazy loon

    March 4, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  14. caveman

    There are many situations in which a human being could harm another including their reactions to anger, confusion, or self defense, but this man.. he did it out with full spiteful knowledge of his intentions. That my friends, is the face of true evil and no society can allow him to roam freely and or survive without taking a huge risk in the future.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mr_Crowley

      Sorry to burst your bubble but his is the face of complete insanity. After 3 decades of working with crazies I can spot them by their walk and for sure by their face. No one is home at jared's house.

      March 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. paco

    innocent until proven guilty...pfft..whatever; this guy clearly pulled the trigger and killed several people cold bloodedly...even if he is found to be insane and unfit for trial he is still a killer no matter how you try to cut it...
    complete menace to society either way.

    March 4, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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