The person suspected of killing a girl in a capturing at a Southern California synagogue pleaded not responsible to federal hate crime fees Tuesday.
John T. Earnest spoke twice in the course of the temporary listening to — to acknowledge his identify and to say he agreed along with his court-appointed legal professional’s determination in opposition to looking for bail.
Earnest, 19, is charged with bursting into the Chabad of Poway synagogue on April 27 and opening fireplace with an assault rifle, killing one and injuring three.
Peter Ko, an assistant U.S. legal professional, informed the decide that the federal government had not determined whether or not to hunt the loss of life penalty. He reaffirmed plans to attempt Earnest individually and concurrently with a state cost of homicide that’s categorized as a hate crime, which additionally exposes Earnest to a possible loss of life sentence.
Earnest had a buzz haircut and didn’t put on glasses, in contrast to his first look in state court docket two weeks in the past, when he had a full head of hair. He appeared blankly at Justice of the Peace Decide Michael Berg because the decide defined the proceedings and adopted alongside along with his legal professional, Kathryn Nester, as she flipped pages of the charging doc that the decide learn aloud. Earnest’s wrists and ankles had been shackled.
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A federal affidavit detailing the hate crime fees that was filed final week describes a deeply disturbed man crammed with hatred towards Jews and Muslims, that are detailed in a manifesto he allegedly printed on-line. Earnest claimed to be impressed by the assaults on the mosques in New Zealand and the capturing on the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue final fall, the affidavit mentioned.
Court docket paperwork mentioned Earnest dialed 911 after fleeing the synagogue in his automotive and mentioned: “I simply shot up a synagogue.” He went on to inform the dispatcher he did it “as a result of Jewish persons are destroying the white race,” in accordance with the affidavit. He was rapidly arrested with no wrestle.
Earnest has pleaded not responsible to state homicide fees within the loss of life of 60-year-old Lori Kaye, who was hit twice as she prayed within the synagogue lobby. Wounded had been Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, who was main the service, an Eight-year-old lady and her uncle.
He additionally pleaded not responsible to state and federal fees of attempting to burn a mosque within the close by metropolis of Escondido.
Exterior the mosque was the scrawled identify of the person suspected of finishing up shootings at two mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 individuals.