Jared Lee Loughner Pleads Not Guilty to Gabrielle Giffords Attack
Jared Lee Loughner Arraignment: Pleads Not Guilty to Attempted Assassination
When faced with a charge of attempted assassination of a member of Congress, the defense team for Jared Lee Loughner entered a not-guilty plea.
During his arraignment, Jared Lee Loughner was smiling and laughing. He appeared in court in shackles and an orange jumpsuit. Loughner faces five federal charges: attempted assassination of a member of Congress, two counts of killing a US government employee, and two counts of attempts to kill a US government employee. State charges are pending.
Loughner's attorney, Judy Clarke, did not address her client's mental competence. Jared Lee Loughner will next appear in court on March 9.
He also is charged with two counts of attempted murder of a federal employee in the wounding of Giffords aides Pam Simon and Ron Barber.
OAS_AD('ArticleFlex_1') Lawyers waived the reading those charges at Monday's hearing.
Mr. Loughner, 22, faces federal charges of trying to assassinate Ms. Giffords and attempting to kill two of her aides. He will later face state charges dealing with other victims.