Accused Tucson Shooter Pleads Not Guilty in Second Court Appearance

Accused Tucson Shooter Pleads Not Guilty in Second Court Appearance

POSTED: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 9:50pm

TUCSON, AZ— The accused gunman behind the shootings on January 8 in Tucson entered his plea on Monday as not guilty.

Jared Lee Loughner plead “not guilty” in the first of charges against him. The shooting in early January left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords seriously injured after she suffered a gunshot to the head. The shooting also left six people dead including a 9-year-old girl. 19 others were also injured in the attack.

The defense team could seek a not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity plea. Loughner's history of mental issues could help the defense attorney, Judy Clarke, argue that Loughner should not face the death penalty.

In Texas, doctors at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston are keeping Giffords in intensive care longer than previously anticipated after build-up of fluid in her brain.

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This guy has a lot of nerve pleading not guilty to the horrific crimes he commited two weeks ago. How many more need die, especially now since there are complications to Gabrielle Gifford's condition, before the system/people do what is necessary to stop this from happening. I speak a one who understands what it is like to deal with mental illness on a daily basis. I still have the presence of mind and the intelligence to understand if I am breaking the law.

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