Loughner Pleads Not Guilty

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011 - 5:11pm

Alleged gunman facing 49 counts in Tucson massacre.

Jared Lee Loughner, the suspect in the Tucson, Arizona shooting spree, was back in court Wednesday, where he pleaded not guilty to dozens of new charges.

Loughner faces 49 charges including murder, attempted murder and the attempted assassination of a member of Congress.

Prosecutors are pushing for a court ordered psychiatric exam to determine if Loughner is competent to stand trial, while his legal team is asking for a two-year delay to prepare what will surely be an insanity defense.

As what is sure to be a long and complicated legal battle slowly begins to unfold, there are signs of hope and healing in the city.

On Monday night the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago White Sox played a spring training game in Tucson with proceeds going to the Christina Taylor Memorial Fund.

9-year-old Christina Taylor Green was one of six killed in the attack.

"We miss our daughter tremendously, but I think this something that she would have been very proud of," said father John Green.

The target of the assassination attempt, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, continues her amazing recovery and rehab in Houston.

Family members and doctors are hopeful she will be well enough to travel to Kennedy Space Center when the Space Shuttle Endeavour makes its final launch next month with her husband astronaut Mark Kelly in the commander's seat.
 

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