Obama To Sign Bill Naming Courthouse After Slain Arizona Judge

President Barack Obama will sign a bill in the Oval Office on Thursday naming a new federal courthouse in Yuma, Arizona, after slain federal Judge John M. Roll.

The 63-year old judge was gunned down in Tucson, Arizona, along with five others last month while he attended an event hosted by his friend U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded in the attack. She is undergoing rehabilitation in Houston, Texas.

"Judge Roll lost his life trying to protect another. His act of courage will always be remembered," Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar said on the House floor last week. "His outstanding character will never be forgotten."

The resolution was introduced by Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl. Roll was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1991 and quickly rose to become the state's chief federal judge in 1996.

The court, still under construction, is expected to open in a few years.

A 22-year-old suspect, Jared Loughner, faces federal charges in the shootings.