LOS ANGELES-- The suspect in the Los Angeles airport shooting rampage last month
that left a TSA screener dead and three others injured pleaded not
guilty Thursday in a brief federal court hearing.
Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, is accused of 11 felony charges, including one of murder and three of attempted murder.
The trial was set for Feb. 11 in Los Angeles federal court, the Associated Press reports. Ciancia could face the death penalty if convicted.
entered his plea at the West Valley Detention Center in Rancho
Cucamonga, where he has been held without bail since soon after his
Authorities say the unemployed motorcycle mechanic
arrived at the airport's Terminal 3 on Nov. 1 with the intention of
killing TSA workers. Officials have said Ciancia had a grudge against
the agency, but they have not indicated what prompted it.
entering the terminal, police say Ciancia pulled a semi-automatic rifle
from a duffel bag and began spraying the area with gunfire as hundreds
of people fled in terror.
TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez was killed. Two other uniformed TSA officers and a traveler were wounded.
39, became the first TSA officer to die in the line of duty. A
coroner's report showed he was struck by a dozen bullets. Witnesses have
said that after first shooting him the gunman returned to shoot again
when he saw Hernandez move.
Airport police arrested Ciancia following a gunfight in which they wounded him four times.
indictment accuses him of "substantial planning and premeditation to
cause the death of a person and to commit an act of terrorism."
Authorities say if convicted he could be sentenced to death.