The man accused of fatally shooting six people in Tucson during a rampage that also critically wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to additional government charges, including the murder of a federal judge.
Jared Lee Loughner, 22, stood at the side of his lawyer, Judy Clark, as she entered the not-guilty plea on the charges that Loughner opened fire on a crowd at a grocery store parking lot on January 8, killing six and wounding 13 others, according to a Reuters report.
District Judge Larry Burns added several items to the agenda at Wednesday's hearing, including a request from federal prosecutors that Loughner undergo psychiatric evaluation to determine his competency to stand trial as well as a request from the defense aiming to keep prison officials from giving reports on Loughner’s behavior to the FBI.
The judge also told Loughner and the prosecution to be ready to talk about requests from news organizations seeking to review search warrant records given the expanded indictment, which was handed up last week.
The Justice Department is reviewing whether to seek the death penalty or life in prison.