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Arizona Shooter Trial Coming To SoCal?

Decision reportedly coming in weeks
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(Pima County Sheriff's Forensic Unit)

(Pima County Sheriff’s Forensic Unit)

SAN DIEGO (CBS) — The trial of Jared Loughner, the man accused of shooting Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and others in Tucson, Arizona may be headed for the Southland.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the extensive publicity surrounding the trial could be to blame for the move.

Sources for the Washington Post say court officials plan to move the case out of the state within several weeks.

The change of venue decision will be made by Arizona’s new chief federal judge.

San Diego would likely get the case in part because it’s one of the closest judicial districts to Arizona.

A San Diego- based federal judge, Larry A. Burns, was appointed last week to hear the case because Arizona judges recused themselves.

Loughner’s attorney, is also based in the area.

(©2010 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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