Jared Lee Loughner

A federal grand jury has returned a 49-count superseding indictment against Jared Lee Loughner for the murder of a federal judge and a congressional staff member, as well as for causing the deaths of four other participants and injuries to many more during his alleged attempt to assassinate U.S. Representative Gabrielle D. Giffords at her Congress on Your Corner event held on Jan. 8.

Loughner, 22, is charged with the murder of U.S. District Judge John M. Roll and Gabriel M. Zimmerman, a staff member and Director of Community Outreach for Rep. Giffords, according to the new indictment. Loughner will also face charges for causing the death of participants at a federally provided activity, namely the killings of Dorothy J. Morris, Phyllis C. Schneck, Dorwan C. Stoddard, and 9-year-old Christina-Taylor Green.

“This was an attack on Congresswoman Giffords, her constituents, and her staff,” said U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke. “The deceased are not the only ones whose rights are being defended. Those citizens who were peaceably assembled to speak to their member of Congress are also named victims in this indictment.  This indictment involves potential death-penalty charges, and Department rules require us to pursue a deliberate and thorough process.  That process is ongoing, and we will continue to work diligently to see that justice is done.”

Read more in Saturday's Arizona Daily Star.