Pittsburgh synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

Pittsburgh synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

Pittsburgh synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

The federal indictment charges Robert Bowers with 22 varying counts of obstruction of religion and 22 similar counts of use of a firearm.

Six other people, including four police officers, were injured before Bowers was shot by police and surrendered.

On Thursday public defender Michael Navarra entered a not guilty plea for Bowers and requested a trial, though no trial date has been set.

Unlike his first court appearance earlier this week, Bowers walked into court Thursday morning.

In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting where a gunman killed 11 people, President Donald Trump, alongside US first lady Melania Trump, visited the site to give their condolences to victims' families.

Mourners had gathered on Wednesday for the funerals of Melvin Wax (88) who was leading Sabbath services for one of the temple's three congregations when the attack began; retired real estate agent Irving Younger (69) and retired university researcher Joyce Fienberg (75).

This undated Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo shows Robert Bowers, the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018.

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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions condemned the anti-Semitic hate crime as "incomprehensibly evil and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation".

He faces a maximum possible penalty of death, or life without parole, followed by a consecutive sentence of 535 years of imprisonment.

In this October 29, 2018, file photo, a makeshift memorial stands outside the Tree of Life synagogue in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the in Pittsburgh. Younger was one of the eleven victims killed in the deadly shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday. A pair of brothers and a husband and wife were among those killed.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, told reporters before the visit was announced that the White House ought to consult with the families of the victims about their preferences and asked that the president not come during a funeral.

After meeting with President Trump and a few of his family members Tuesday, Tree of Life Synagogue rabbi Jeffrey Myers is speaking openly about the experience. The oldest victim, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, will be honoured at a service Friday.

Mr Bowers, 46, has requested a jury trial, USA media reported on Thursday. Her daughter was injured in the attack.

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