Pittsburgh synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation/ AP This undated Pennsylvania Department of Transport picture shows Robert Bowers, the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018.

Thursday, Nov. 1, 2018|8:41 a.m.

PITTSBURGH– The anti-Semitic truck chauffeur accused of assassinating 11 individuals 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, dislike criminal offenses, blocking the practice of faith and other criminal offenses. It was his second brief appearance in a federal courtroom given that the weekend massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill area.

” Yes!” Bowers stated in a loud voice when asked if he understood the charges.

Authorities state Bowers raged against Jews during and after the most dangerous anti-Semitic attack in American history.

Bowers, who was shot and wounded throughout a weapon battle that injured four police officers, strolled into court under his own power, his left arm greatly bandaged. He remained in a wheelchair at his very first court look on Monday.

Bowers, who is stocky and square-faced with salt-and-pepper, closely cropped hair, frowned as the charges read but did not appear to have a reaction as a federal prosecutor revealed he could deal with a death sentence. He told a prosecutor he had checked out the indictment.

One of his federal public defenders, Michael Novara, stated Bowers pleaded innocent, “as is normal at this stage of the proceeding.”

Bowers had actually been set for an initial hearing on the evidence, but federal prosecutors rather 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 daddy to get his phone or let them know he was all right. The dread constructed throughout the day till his sis learned their father, Irving Younger, had actually certainly been shot and eliminated.

” That waiting phase was simply excruciating,” Jared Younger stated at his father’s funeral service Wednesday. “Saturday was the most lonesome day of my life.”

Funeral services were prepared Thursday for Bernice and Sylvan Simon, couple, and Dr. Richard Gottfried, a dentist who worked part-time at a center dealing with refugees and immigrants. The earliest victim, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, will be honored at a service Friday. Her daughter was hurt in the attack.

Pals recalled Irving Younger, 69, as a “kibbitzing, people-loving” guy. He was one of the very first people Rabbi Jeffrey Myers met when he pertained to town in 2015 from New Jersey to lead Tree of Life.

Myers, who survived the massacre, is commanding five funerals for seven congregants today. He ran a few minutes late to Younger’s service due to the fact that he was still at the burial for another victim, Joyce Fienberg.

” I can’t think of the tension he’s under,” said his predecessor, Rabbi Charles “Chuck” Diamond.

As Younger’s service was concluding, Myers briefly forgot to check out a letter to the family that another rabbi had actually sent.

” After preparing for 5 funeral services, you get a little verklempt,” Myers said.

Bowers stayed jailed without bail.

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