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Loughner transferred to Tucson prison

Jared Lee Loughner, who is accused of trying to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and wounding two of her aides, has been transferred to the federal prison outside Tucson, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons website.

Loughner made his first court appearances at the U.S. District Court in Phoenix, but prosecutors sought to move subsequent hearings to Tucson for the convenience of victims, victims' survivors and witnesses.

Loughner's defense team didn't contest the move, but sought housing convenient for lead defense attorney Judith Clarke and others to meet with him. Normally, inmates facing federal charges in Tucson are housed in a facility in Florence.

Loughner, 22, is expected in court March 9 when U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns of California will schedule important hearings, including a trial date to begin by Sept. 20.

Loughner was indicted for attempted assassination of a member of Congress and two charges of attempted first-degree murder.

By the time of the March 9 hearing, prosecutors expect to have an indictment on subsequent charges, including the death of U.S. District Court Judge John Roll and Giffords' aide Gabriel Zimmerman, who would have turned 31 on Friday.

Six were killed and 13 wounded in the attack on a constituent meet-and-greet at a Northwest Side grocery store. Giffords remains in a Houston rehab facility, recovering from her wounds. All of the other survivors have been released from the hospital.

State charges in the deaths and wounding of the other victims are expected after Loughner's trial in the federal case.

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Feb 25, 2011, 3:16 pm
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I guess they keep guys like this mostly in solitary? To ensure they survive until the trial?

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