Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of attempting to assassinate Gabrielle Giffords, makes his first appearance in federal court in Phoenix. A judge orders him held without bond.
Jared Lee Loughner, the man accused of attempting to assassinate Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and fatally shooting six others Saturday in Tucson, made his first appearance in federal court Monday and was ordered held without bond.
Magistrate Judge Lawrence Anderson ruled that Mr. Loughner, who appeared before him in a Phoenix courtroom in a tan prison jumpsuit with his hands cuffed and head shaved, represents a "danger to the community." He found that no "condition or combination of conditions will reasonably assure the safety of others and the community," according to federal court documents.
Anderson made the ruling after Loughner's appointed lawyer agreed not to contest his pre-trial detention. Given the nature of the charges against him, there was virtually no chance that Loughner would be released on bail.
He is to remain in the custody of the US Marshal's Service pending his trial. The detention order says that to the extent practicable, Loughner should be held in a corrections facility separate from convicted prisoners.
The judge scheduled a preliminary hearing in the case for Jan. 14.
Loughner, a 22-year-old community college dropout, was asked a series of questions during the 15-minute hearing. He acknowledged that he was, in fact, Jared Loughner and he answered "Yes," when asked by Judge Anderson if he was aware that he could face life in prison or the death penalty for his alleged crimes.
Loughner has been charged in a criminal complaint with five counts of murder or attempted murder. In addition to the attempted assassination of Congresswoman Giffords, he is charged with first- degree murder for the killing of Chief US District Judge John Roll and a congressional staff member, Gabriel Zimmerman. …