Pittsburgh synagogue suspect pleads not guilty
Bowers accused of killing 11 people at synagogue in deadly anti-semitic attack
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.