Jared Lee Loughner, the alleged Arizona shooter, was in court this morning for a preliminary trial and is being described by CNN as “very polite.” He wore a tan prison jumpsuit and was chained at the feet and ankles. The judge engaged Loughner and asked him to confirm his identity and he responded, “Yes. I am Jared Lee Loughner.” The preliminary hearing took about 15 minutes. When the judge talked about the murder of John McCarthy Roll, the federal judge that was shot, Loughner took a considerable pause. According to CNN, the court was packed with media, court personnel and security, though Loughner’s family was not in attendance; concurrent reports had them barricaded in their home, refusing the FBI entry.
Local Arizona news organizations are saying that Loughner’s family closed themselves in their home this morning and wouldn’t let FBI investigators come in. AZ Central reports:
Family members of Jared Loughner apparently had put on 4-by-4 double-thick plywood that blocked access to the front porch of their north Tucson home.
But the Tuscon Sentinel says that story is a little off:
While a piece of plywood blocks access to the front door, an agent knocked on a front window, the source said. After a few minutes of knocking and waiting, a man appeared at a side gate and let the agents into the yard of the home, the source said.
As of 1:49 p.m. MST, local CBS 5 News confirmed via a “neighbor” that FBI agents were inside the Loughner home. We’ll keep updating with new information as it comes.