Giffords Tucson Shooting

Gabby Giffords, Husband Satisfied With Loughner Plea Deal

Husband says they don't speak for all the victims, but avoiding a trial will help the process of healing


For the legal team defending the suspect in a deadly Tucson mass shooting, reaching a plea deal was just one step. Convincing a judge that Jared Lee Loughner is competent enough to enter a plea depends on how he behaves in court Tuesday.

The 23-year-old college dropout is scheduled to attend a hearing during which his attorneys and prosecutors will try to persuade U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns that Loughner is no longer mentally unfit for trial.