The trial of Jared Loughner, the alleged shooter who killed six people in an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, is being moved from Tucson to San Diego because of worries over pretrial publicity and heightened local sensitivities. —JCL
The federal trial of Jared Loughner has been moved from Tucson to San Diego due to the pretrial publicity and local sensitivities surrounding the case over concerns Loughner may not get a fair trial in a traumatized Arizona.
Legal experts say the venue change could mean Loughner is less likely to be sentenced to death since California is considered to be less conservative than Arizona.
It was on Jan. 8, 2011, outside a supermarket in Tucson, Arizona, when Loughner went on a mass shooting spree killing six people, wounding 13 in an assassination attempt on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords who survived after being shot at point blank range to the head.