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.
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.