PITTSBURGH — The suspect within the Pittsburgh synagogue bloodbath pleaded not responsible Monday to a brand new indictment that added 19 further counts, however his lawyer expressed hope the case will probably be resolved with out a trial.
Robert Bowers, a truck driver who authorities say gunned down 11 folks at Tree of Life Synagogue, appeared in federal courtroom together with his new lawyer, distinguished loss of life penalty litigator Judy Clarke, who signaled that Bowers could be open to some type of plea. Clarke’s previous purchasers have included one the Boston Marathon bombers, a 9/11 conspirator and Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
Bowers, who was shackled, mentioned little, giving sure or no solutions.
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A grand jury on Jan. 29 added 19 counts to the 44 Bowers was already dealing with. The extra fees embody hate crimes violations, obstruction of spiritual perception and using a firearm throughout crimes of violence.
Bowers, 46, of Baldwin, Pennsylvania, is accused of focusing on worshippers from three Jewish congregations when he attacked Saturday, Oct. 27, whereas Sabbath providers had been being held.
Seven folks had been wounded, together with 5 law enforcement officials.
Investigators say Bowers posted criticism of a Jewish charity on social media earlier than the assault, claiming the immigrant help society “likes to convey invaders that kill our folks.” Authorities mentioned he instructed investigators that “all these Jews have to die.”
Bowers has been jailed within the Butler County Jail, about 55 kilometers north of the taking pictures scene. If convicted of probably the most critical offenses, he might be sentenced to life with out parole.
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A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh mentioned a call about whether or not to pursue the loss of life penalty towards Bowers stays beneath assessment.
Donna Coufal, a member of the Dor Hadash congregation that occupies house at Tree of Life, mentioned she attended Monday’s arraignment “to bear witness. It’s been a painful time, however we stay robust as a neighborhood.”