Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue sus­pect pleads not guilty

Bow­ers ac­cused of killing 11 peo­ple at syn­a­gogue in deadly anti-semitic at­tack

StarMetro Halifax - - CANADA - Maryclaire Dale

PITTS­BURGH—THE anti-semitic truck driver ac­cused of gun­ning down 11 peo­ple at a Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue pleaded not guilty on Thurs­day to fed­eral charges that could put him on death row.

Robert Bow­ers, 46, was ar­raigned one day af­ter a grand jury is­sued a 44-count in­dict­ment that charges him with mur­der, hate crimes, ob­struct­ing the prac­tice of re­li­gion and other crimes. It was his sec­ond brief ap­pear­ance in a fed­eral court­room since the week­end mas­sacre at Tree of Life syn­a­gogue in Pitts­burgh’s Squir­rel Hill neigh­bour­hood.

Au­thor­i­ties say Bow­ers raged against Jews dur­ing and af­ter the dead­li­est anti-semitic at­tack in Amer­i­can his­tory.

Bow­ers, who was shot and wounded dur­ing a gun bat­tle This court­room sketch de­picts Robert Gre­gory Bow­ers, who is ac­cused in the Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue mas­sacre, at fed­eral court on Mon­day.

that in­jured four po­lice of­fi­cers, walked into court un­der his own power, his left arm heav­ily ban­daged. He was in a wheel­chair at his first court ap­pear­ance on Mon­day.

Bow­ers, who is stocky and square-faced with salt-and­pep­per, closely cropped hair, frowned as the charges were read, but did not ap­pear to have a re­ac­tion as a fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor an­nounced he

could face a death sen­tence. He told a pros­e­cu­tor he had read the in­dict­ment and, when asked if he un­der­stood the charges, said “Yes!” in a loud voice.

Bow­ers had been set for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing on the ev­i­dence, but fed­eral pros­e­cu­tors in­stead took the case to a grand jury.

The panel is­sued the in­dict­ment as fu­ner­als con­tin­ued

for the vic­tims.

Jared Younger of Los An­ge­les told mourn­ers that he waited for hours Satur­day for his father to pick up his phone or let them know he was all right. The dread built all day un­til his sis­ter learned their father, Irv­ing Younger, had in­deed been shot and killed.

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