Horrified survivors of the January 8 shooting watched as Jared Loughner was dragged from the courtroom by U.S. Marshals after he said what sounded like: 'Thank you for the freak show - she died in front of me'.
It's not clear who he was referring to.
The 22-year-old's voice was loud as he lowered his face to a few inches from the table in front of him, then raised it again. He mumbled, however, garbling his words.
Two marshals standing behind him grabbed him by the arms and marched him from the room.
Loughner's father, sitting a few rows behind his son, lowered his eyes and huddled with two women seated with him.
U.S. District Judge Larry Burns said he would only be allowed back in if he composed himself.
Judge Burns then ruled him incompetent to stand trial - a decision which puts the federal criminal case against Loughner on hold indefinitely. Read More
I thought it would be very obvious who he is referring to, as Gabrielle Giffords was pronounced Dead by several News Stations at the time of the Shooting and shortly after.
** Reckless media race to be first on Rep. Giffords story
Inaccurate initial reports and rampant speculation drifted across social media feeds and television screens Saturday following a shooting at a grocery store in Tucson, Ariz.
At least two news outlets pronounced U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords dead before retracting the report. Ms. Giffords survived the shooting rampage that claimed six lives, including a 9-year-old girl and Pittsburgh native John Roll, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for Arizona. Read More