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.