John C. Salvi III was indicted Tuesday on charges of killing two people and wounding five others in attacks on two suburban Boston medical clinics.
Salvi, 22, is accused of walking into the Planned Parenthood and Preterm Health Services clinics in Brookline, Mass., on Dec. 30 and opening fire with a .22-caliber rifle.
He was arrested in Norfolk, Va., the next day after allegedly firing 20 shots at a building housing a clinic there. No one was hurt there.
Federal officials plan to delay prosecuting Salvi under the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act until after his Massachusetts trial.
In Virginia, where he is charged with felony firing into an occupied building, officials also have delayed prosecution.
Salvi, charged with two counts of first-degree murder and five counts of armed assault in Massachusetts, faces up to life in prison without parole. No trial date has been set.
J.W. Carney Jr., Salvi’s attorney, did not return phone calls made to his office Tuesday. Carney has hinted at an insanity defense for his client, an apprentice hairdresser from Hampton, N.H., whose parents say he became obsessed with his Roman Catholic faith and had hallucinations before the shootings.