Jared Lee Loughner may face the death penalty for newly filed criminal charges, including the slaying of a federal judge and a congressional aide in the same shooting that critically wounded Democratic Rep. Gabrielle D. Giffords in January.
Loughner, 22, was indicted by a federal grand jury on the new murder allegation, and federal prosecutors in Phoenix said the case now “involves potential death-penalty charges” that could send him to death row for killing six and wounding 13 at Giffords’ Jan. 8 event at a Tucson shopping plaza.
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