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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty in court

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty in court

Robert Bowers, the synagogue shooting suspect

Robert Bowers, the man accused of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on Saturday (27 October) morning, pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday (1 November).

Yesterday (31 October), a grand jury indicted Bowers, 46, on 44 counts of murder, hate crime, obstruction of religious practice, and more.

Bowers allegedly entered the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and opened fire. Eleven people were killed and six others were injured.

According to prosecutors, Bowers had multiple firearms, including Glock .357-caliber handguns and a Colt AR-15 rifle. He also reportedly made comments about his desire to ‘kill Jews’.

The shooting took place at a gay couple’s bris for their twins and one of the victims was a prominent HIV doctor.

In his court appearance today, Bowers requested a trial by jury.

U.S. attorney Scott Brady stated he intends to seek the death penalty against Bowers. If Bowers is found guilty, he faces a possible death sentence for 32 of the 44 indictments. He also faces life in prison without parole, or a sentence of up to 535 years in prison.

Reports from the courtroom state Bowers, wearing a red jumpsuit and shackles on his wrists and ankles, simply responded ‘yes’ when asked whether he understood the possible consequences he faces.

No trial date has been set yet.

H/t: Wall Street Journal

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