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Tucson shooting massacre autopsy details emerge, over prosecutors' objections

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(CBS/AP) PHOENIX - Three of the six people who died in the Jan. 8 Tucson, Ariz. shooting massacre were killed by gunshot wounds to the head.

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That's among the findings in the autopsy reports on the victims, which were released Monday by the Pima County Medical examiner's office following a court dispute over whether the information should be made public.

The autopsy reports detail how the victims died, including federal judge John Roll and 9-year-old Christian-Taylor Green, who was born on Sept. 11, 2001. The medical examiner's report said the girl suffered one gunshot in the torso that struck her aorta and kidney. Judge Roll, 63, was shot in the back.

Dorothy Morris died of two gunshot wounds to the torso.

The three victims who were killed by gunshots to the head were Dorwin Stoddard, Phyllis Schneck and Gabe Zimmerman. Zimmerman worked for congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and helped organized the neighborhood political event where the shooting erupted, and Schneck and Stoddard were constituents attending the meet-and-greet. Stoddard was hit twice, including once in the head and once in the midsection.

Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Larry Burns to bar the reports' release and argued that news stories about the autopsies could hurt the chances for a fair trial, but the judge rejected the request.

Jared Lee Loughner faces 49 federal charges in the Jan. 8 shooting that also wounded 13 people, including Rep. Giffords. She was shot in the head, and is recovering at a Houston hospital.

Loughner has pleaded not guilty to charges of trying to assassinate Giffords and two of her aides, and faces a court appearance on Wednesday on additional counts.

Click here for complete coverage of the Arizona shooting massacre on Crimesider

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