TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 8, 2011: Police quarantine the shopping center where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) and several others were shot during an event in front of a Safeway grocery store.
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This combination of file photos released Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, by the U.S. Marshal's Service shows Jared Loughner . The suspect in the Tucson shootings that critically wounded U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was charged on new counts that include the murders of a federal judge and a congressional aide, according to an indictment released Friday, March 4, 2011. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Office, File)
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FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2011 file photo, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., takes part in a reenactment of her swearing-in, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Experts say recovery for Giffords will be a long, tough journey. Patients can make remarkable progress. But experts caution that they shouldn't expect to return to exactly the way they were before, and it’s too early to know if Giffords might be able to return to Congress. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
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TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 9: In this handout image provided by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' office on January 11, 2011, Mark Kelly, husband of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), holds his wife's hand in the congresswoman's hospital room at University Medical Center January 9, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Six people were killed and at least 13 others wounded, including Giffords, when a gunman opened fire at a public event held at Tucson Safeway supermarket. (Photo by U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' office via Getty Images)
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In this photo provided by the office of U.S. Rep Gabrielle Giffords, Giffords' husband, Mark Kelly, stands with his wife as she looks from her bed at the Santa Catalina Mountains while on an outdoor deck at University Medical Center in Tucson, Ariz., Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. Giffords is scheduled to be flown to Houston on Friday to begin her rehabilitation. (AP Photo/Office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords)
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TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 21: An ambulance with U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) drives down a street during her transfer from the University Medical Center on January 21, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Giffords is being moved to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston Texas. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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A police motorcade leads the ambulance carrying U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., away from University Medical Center, Friday, Jan. 21, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. Giffords is being transported to a medical facility in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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This photo released Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, by the U.S. Marshal's Service shows Jared Loughner. The photo was taken in Phoenix while Loughner was in the agency's custody. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshal's Office)
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Emergency personnel attend to a shooting victim outside a shopping center in Tucson, Ariz. on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2011 where U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and others were shot as the congresswoman was meeting with constituents. (AP Photo/James Palka)
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Shooting near Arizona mall on Jan. 5, 2011. (Courtesy of KNXV)
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Firefighters unfold a large American flag recovered from ground zero after the 9/11 attacks, outside the entrance at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church for the funeral of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. Green, the youngest victim of Saturday's shooting in Tucson, was born on the day of the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001. (AP Photo/Mamta Popat, Pool)
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A mother holds her child as parents, teachers and students gather to honor slain Christina Green, 9-years-old, at Mesa Verde Elementary School on January 9, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. Christina was killed along with five others when a gunman opened fire on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), wounding her and others Saturday. Giffords' was holding a public event entitled 'Congress on your Corner' when a gunman opened fire outside a Safeway grocery store in Tucson. Getty Images
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American flags fly at half staff on the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol in memory of the victims of Saturday's mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona January 10, 2011 in Washington, DC. Getty Images
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President Barack Obama hugs Daniel Hernandez, an intern for Rep. Gabrielle Giffords at a memorial service for the victims of Saturday's shootings at McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend memorial service for the victims of Saturday's shootings, at McKale Center on the University of Arizona campus Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, in Tucson, Ariz. Second from left is Daniel Hernandez, a University of Arizona political science student who helped Rep. Gabrielle Giffords when she was shot and a right is Mark Kelly, husband of Giffords. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 20: Messages and balloons adorn a makeshift memorial for shooting victims, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), outside the University Medical Center on January 20, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. The wounded Congresswoman is expected to be transfered from the hospital to begin rehabilitation therapy at TIRR Memorial Hermann hospital in Houston as early as Friday. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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This March 2010 photo shows a man identified as Jared L. Loughner at the 2010 Tucson Festival of Books in Tucson, Ariz. The Arizona Daily Star, a festival sponsor, confirmed from their records that the subject's address matches one under investigation by police after a shooting in Tucson that left U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded and at least five others dead. Police say a suspect is in custody, and he was identified by people familiar with the investigation as Jared Loughner, 22, of Tucson. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, Mamta Popat)
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PHOENIX (AP) - The suspect in the Tucson shootings that critically wounded U.S.Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was charged on new counts that include themurders of a federal judge and a congressional aide, according toan indictment released Friday.

A federal grand jury returned the 49-count indictment Thursday,charging Jared Lee Loughner in the deaths stemming from a Jan. 8shooting at a political event held by Giffords outside a grocerystore.

The latest indictment charged the 22-year-old Tucson man withmurder in the deaths of U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffordsaide Gabe Zimmerman. Loughner also faces new charges of causingdeath to or injuring participants at a federally providedactivity.

Loughner had pleaded not guilty to earlier federal charges oftrying to assassinate Giffords and kill two of her aides.

His attorney, Judy Clarke, didn't immediately return a call ande-mail left at her office Friday.

Federal prosecutors haven't yet said whether they will seek thedeath penalty against Loughner. But legal experts believe it's avirtual certainty.

In all, 13 people were wounded and another six people, includinga 9-year-old girl, died in the attack.

Loughner also will likely face state charges in the attack, butwill be tried first in federal court before any prosecution beginson state charges. Federal and county prosecutors said federal lawrequires state prosecutions to be suspended while a federal case ispending.

Loughner is scheduled for a court hearing Wednesday inTucson.

A day after the shootings, prosecutors filed a complaint incourt charging Loughner with trying to assassinate Giffords,attempting to kill two of her aides and killing Roll and Zimmerman.Those charges were later replaced by federal indictments thatmirrored the same charges.

In many criminal cases, prosecutors will often file chargesthemselves without a grand jury indictment, but will later replacethose charges with an indictment.

It was not known why the charges against Loughner weren'tcontained in one indictment.

 

 

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