One of those fatally shot was the state's chief federal judge, John Roll, and a district court judge in Tucson ruled last week that all judges in the district had to recuse themselves from the case.
U.S. District Court Judge Larry A. Burns of the Southern District of California was named to oversee the case. Burns is a former prosecutor who was nominated to serve the federal court by George W. Bush in 2003.
Jan 17, 2011
Tucson shooter trial to be in San Diego
Federal officials reportedly are planning to relocate the trial of the Arizona man accused of shooting and killing six people and injuring 14 others -- including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- from Arizona to California.