Accused Arizona shooter appears in court

PHOENIX Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:36pm EST

PHOENIX Jan 10 (Reuters) - The 22-year-old Arizona man accused of shooting 20 people while trying to assassinate a U.S. congresswoman over the weekend made his first court appearance on Monday, hands manacled together.

Federal prosecutors have charged Jared Lee Loughner on five counts so far, including killing federal employees and attempting to assassinate Representative Gabrielle Giffords, who was greeting voters at a Tucson shopping mall on Saturday.

Loughner walked into the courtroom looking straight ahead. He made no statement but answered questions in a strong voice, leaning into the microphone to say he understood the charges against him and that a lawyer had been appointed to him.

Loughner's lawyer waived a detention hearing.

(Reporting by David Schwartz in Phoenix, writing by Peter Henderson)

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