US shooting suspect's trial venue changed
Washington - The trial of the alleged gunman who critically wounded a US congresswoman and killed six people earlier this month is likely to be moved from Tucson, Arizona, to San Diego, California, The Washington Post reported late on Sunday.
Jared Loughner, aged 22, has been formally accused in Arizona of shooting US Representative Gabrielle Giffords and 18 others who had gathered to meet her outside a supermarket on January 8, using a legally purchased Glock semi-automatic handgun.
Citing unnamed federal law enforcement sources, the newspaper said court officials plan to move the case out of the state within several weeks.
They cited publicity and the sensitivity of the case in Arizona, where one of those fatally shot was John Roll, the state's chief federal judge, The Post said.
The new chief judge, Roslyn Silver, will make the final decision about any venue change, The Post said.
But one unnamed law enforcement official is quoted by the paper as saying, "It's going to happen. It's just a matter of time."