Jared Lee Loughner pleaded guilty Tuesday to critically wounding ex-Congress member Gabrielle Giffords and killing six others in Arizona in 2011.Several news outlets live tweeted from the courtroom, and here were some of their observations:
- The judge overseeing the case said Loughner was mentally competent to stand trial, Arizona Republic reporter Michelle Lee tweeted.
- The federal government said it would not seek the death penalty, and Loughner agreed to plead guilty to 19 charges, the Arizona Republic’s Bob Ortega tweeted.
- As part of the plea agreement, Loughner will get multiple life sentences and won’t be able to appeal his punishment.
- Dr. Christina Pietz, a forensic psychologist who evaluated Loughner, testified that he’s now competent enough to understand the charges against him and can help his lawyers represent him, ABC’s Corey Rangel reports.
- Pietz testified that Loughner was shocked that Giffords survived the shooting and said to himself, “Jared is a failure,” the Arizona Republic’s political blog AZCInsider tweeted.
- She testified that he made a video about wanting to kill himself and assassinate someone, Rangel tweeted. Roughly a year ago, Pietz said he expressed remorse and wanted to be executed, Rangel tweeted.
- Pietz testified that Loughner showed signs of schizophrenia and had been diagnosed with depression, the Arizona Republic’s political blog AZCInsider tweeted.
Loughner stunned the nation when he allegedly opened fire on a gathering of Giffords’ constituents in January 2011.
He allegedly shot the Congresswoman in the head, severely jeopardizing her life, and wounded a dozen others. Among the half dozen who didn’t survive the rampage were a 9-year-old girl and a federal judge.
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