LAX Shooter Pleads Not Guilty

Dec 26, 2013 3:10 PM

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) - The man authorities say killed a TSA screener and wounded three other people during a rampage at LAX last month has pleaded not guilty to murder and other felony charges in a case that could bring the death penalty.

Paul Ciancia (see-AHN'-see-uh), who was wounded before his arrest, occasionally touched a bandage on his neck and spoke in a hoarse voice during a three-minute arraignment on Thursday. He went before a federal magistrate at the West Valley Detention Center east of Los Angeles where there is a medical facility.

The diminutive defendant acknowledged his name in a near-whisper and that he had read his 11-count indictment.

Trial was set for Feb. 11 in a downtown Los Angeles federal court.

Authorities say the unemployed motorcycle mechanic arrived at the airport's Terminal 3 on Nov. 1 with the intention of killing TSA workers.


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