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August 7th, 2012
01:30 PM ET

Wife of man killed in Tuscon shooting discusses Loughner court appearance, gun control

The man suspected of killing six people and wounding thirteen others during a shooting spree in Tuscon, Arizona will appear before a federal judge today.

Attorneys for Jared Lee Loughner are expected to enter a guilty plea on at least one of the felony counts against him if a federal judge determines Loughner is competent to stand trial.

The shooting happened last January during a meet-and-greet with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was among those wounded.

Among those killed was 76-year-old Dorwan Stoddard, who took a bullet to protect his wife, Mavy, who was also shot, but survived.

Mavy joins Starting Point this morning to explain how she is reacting to the news that Loughner is expected to change his plea.

"I would be very glad if that's what he says but I'll believe it when he says it," Stoddard says.

Stoddard goes on to explain that she doesn't care if Loughner receives the death penalty, saying "I think life in prison would be a lot worse and [...] if his mind is kept under sedation he may learn about the Lord and that's important to me."

When asked what she would say to Loughner if he was sitting in front of her, Stoddard responds, "I don't hate you and I do forgive you."

Filed under: Gabby Giffords • Gun control • Jared Lee Loughner
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