AP: Defense Lawyer For Tucson Gunman Didn't Defend Timothy McVeigh

Monday, January 10th 2011, 5:55 pm
By: News 9

Associated Press

PHOENIX -- The suspect in a deadly Arizona shooting is being held without bail and has been assigned a lawyer. 

The Associated Press removed references that Judy Clarke, the attorney for shooting suspect Jared Loughner, previously represented Timothy McVeigh. The federal public defender's office in Arizona originally said Clarke represented McVeigh, but said Monday that it was not the case.

Jared Loughner entered a Phoenix courtroom Monday handcuffed and wearing a tan inmate uniform. His head is shaved and he has a cut on his right temple.

The 22-year-old is accused of killing six people on Saturday and injuring 14 others, including U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. His expression was impassive as he walked in, looked straight at the crowd at the back of the room packed with reporters, then turned around to speak to his attorney, Judy Clarke.

Loughner responded "yes" when asked if he understood his rights.

The courtroom was under heavy guard with about a dozen U.S. marshals.