- - Sunday, March 6, 2011

ARIZONA

Giffords suspect faces capital charges

TUCSON | A federal grand jury Friday returned a 49-count superseding indictment against Jared Lee Loughner in the killing of a federal judge and a congressional staff member, as well as for causing the deaths of four others during an attempt to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Mr. Loughner, 22, is charged in the death of U.S. District Judge John M. Roll and Gabriel M. Zimmerman, staff member and director of community outreach for Ms. Giffords.

He also is accused in the deaths of Dorothy J. Morris, Phyllis C. Schneck, Dorwan C. Stoddard and 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green. They were shot while waiting to see Mrs. Giffords at the neighborhood event.

Prosecutors indicated that the death penalty could apply in the case. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. must personally approve a death penalty effort.

Mr. Loughner will be arraigned on the new charges at a hearing Wednesday in Tucson before U.S. District Judge Larry A. Burns. He has been held in federal custody since Jan. 8.

CONNECTICUT

‘East Coast Rapist’ suspect due in court

NEW HAVEN | The man suspected of terrorizing women with sexual assaults from Virginia to Rhode Island over 12 years is scheduled to appear in New Haven Superior Court.

Aaron Thomas was returned to jail after a brief hospital stay Saturday after he tried to hang himself. New Haven police spokesman Joe Avery said Sunday that the court hearing is still set for Monday.

Police say DNA confirmed that the unemployed truck driver is the East Coast Rapist, suspected in attacks on at least 17 women since 1997 in Connecticut, Maryland, Rhode Island and Virginia. The cases were linked by DNA.

FLORIDA

Crew bids farewell to space shuttle

CAPE CANAVERAL | The space shuttle and space station crews hugged goodbye Sunday after more than a week together but saved their most heartfelt farewell for Discovery.

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