This courtroom outline shows Robert Bowers, who was injured in a gun battle with the police when he appeared in a wheelchair in the federal court on Monday.
1; The man accused of gunning down 11 churches in a synagogue appeared in court on Thursday morning and did not claim guilty of the dozens of allegations he faces.
Robert Bowers, 46, has been charged with entering the Synagogue Tree of Life here on Saturday morning and opening fire while repeatedly expressing his will to “kill Jews”. The authorities said that Bowers killed 11 people in the synagogue, critically injured two other congregants, and also injured four of the law enforcement officers who replaced him with fire.
With a red jumpsuit, Bowers heard a blow to him, some of whom could lead to a death penalty if he was convicted.
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Bowers appeared with Michael J. Novara, his public defender, before Judge Robert C. Mitchell. Unlike a look before Mitchell on Monday, when Bowers sat in a wheelchair, he entered this hearing, his hands hung and a chain was hanging from his waist. Bowers was taken in two days after the shot after shooting several times, but he has since been released and is in federal custody.
During the hearing, Bowers sat slouched over the table and had a firm, gloomy expression while prosecutors listed accusing him of reminding him that he could be sentenced to death if convicted. He also requested a jury trial. Novara, his public defender, had no comment on Thursday.
Among the allegations, Boren’s faces 11 hinder the friction of religious beliefs leading to death. The Justice Department has said that federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh have begun the process of seeking a possible death penalty in the case. Such decisions are taken by the lawyer after a review of federal lawyers specializing in capital losses.
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“These alleged crimes are undeniably evil and completely opposed to the values of nations,” said Advocate General Jeff Sessions in a statement Wednesday. “Therefore, this case is not only important for the victims and their loved ones, but for the city of Pittsburgh and the whole nation.”
The attack on the synagogue was the deadliest of Jews in American history and killed congregants ranging from the ages of 54 to 97. The offense included two brothers who had participated every week since their childhood, a doctor who led their Torah studies and a man who sat in the back and handed prayer books to those who arrived late.
Flowers surround Stars of David on Wednesday, part of an in-depth memorial outside of the Synagogue of Life, to the 11 people killed during the worship service on Saturday in Pittsburgh. (Gene J. Puskar / AP)
Sorcerers have spent this week attend the first burials of the massacre victims and remember the lost ones. Even if no decision has been made regarding a possible death sentence, one of the factors that federal prosecutors can quote in seeking such a punishment is whether victims are especially old or young. Six of the 11 victims in the synagogue were at least 70 years of age or older.
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Local prosecutors have also brought charges against Bowers, but Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr. said in the week that he will put the defendant on hold while the federal case continues. Zappala has signaled that he is likely to run a death sentence for Bowers.
Investigators blame Bower’s life to find out what can explain his turn to extremist violence. Even though his online presence was full of vitriotic hatred against Jewish people and other bigotry, he was in fact a forgettable presence that did not indicate any evidence that the bloodbath officials say he let go.
Bower’s mother Barbara Bolt is worried about shooting, Rev. Mark Schollaert, pastor of First Baptist Monongahela Church, where Bolt is a parishion. Schollaert said that Bolt had asked him to speak on her behalf.
“She does not tolerate what her son has done,” said Schollaert. “She prays for the victims and their friends.”
Berman reported from Washington.
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