Gunman faces 49 charges
JARED Loughner, the gunman accused of trying to assassinate a US congresswoman and killing six people in Tucson, has pleaded not guilty to all 49 new charges against him. He entered the pleas in his first court appearance in Tucson itself, after prosecutors announced new indictments in the January 8 Arizona shooting spree. Sitting quietly, the 22-year-old listened as the 49 counts including multiple murder charges were read to him. ‘‘ Jared Lee Loughner, is that your true name?’’ a court official asked. ‘‘ Yes, it is’’ Loughner answered, his voice soft but audible.