An earlier version of this story misstated the charges on which Jared Loughner was arraigned on Monday. He was arraigned on charges of attempted murder.
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Jared Loughner, Ariz. shooting suspect, appears in court; not guilty plea entered
The indictments so far relate to federal workers who were shot while on official duty. Loughner has been indicted on charges of attempting to assassinate Giffords and attempting to murder aides Ron Barber and Pam Simon. Loughner also has been accused of killing a third aide, Gabe Zimmerman, and U.S. District Judge John M. Roll. He is expected to be indicted soon in those two deaths.
Loughner is also likely to face a raft of state charges in the shootings of the non-federal employees.
On Sunday, U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke filed a motion to hold all remaining hearings in Tucson. Monday's hearing and Loughner's initial court appearance took place at the federal courthouse in Phoenix. Because of the high-profile nature of the case, the trial could be moved out of state. Clarke said she does not object to the Tucson location.
Burns was appointed the trial judge because all of Roll's colleagues on the Arizona federal bench recused themselves. All of the state's public defenders also recused themselves, leading the state to appoint Clarke, who also represented Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, and Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman convicted of drowning her two young sons in 1994.
Prosecutors argued that it would be difficult for the victims and witnesses to attend hearings if the case were heard outside Tucson, which is about a two-hour drive from Phoenix.
"Crime victims have a right to notice of hearings, to be reasonably heard, and to be present during hearings, unless excluded," the prosecutors wrote. "Accordingly, there will be similar logistical issues with the scheduling of witnesses."
Giffords was moved to Houston on Friday to begin treatment at a rehabilitation center. Because she still has a buildup of fluid on her brain, she must remain in intensive care for the time being.
Giffords's family chose Houston for her rehabilitation in part because her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, lives and works there.
All the other people who were injured in the shootings have been released from the hospital.