Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect pleads not guilty

Wearing a red jumpsuit, Bowers did not make eye contact with Rivetti, but appeared to listen intently, showing little reaction until saying that he understood the penalty against him.

Authorities say Bowers opened fire in the Tree of Life synagogue on Saturday, killing 11 and wounding six, including four police officers.

The charges carry a possible death sentence, and the Justice Department has said previously that federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh had initiated the process to seek such a punishment.

One of his federal public defenders, Michael Novara, said Bowers pleaded not guilty, "as is typical at this stage of the proceedings".

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

Protestors made it clear that Donald Trump wasn't welcome in Pittsburgh after the president ignored requests to postpone a trip to visit the Tree of Life Synagogue, and showed up anyway.

Jodi Smith, a Pittsburgh native, joined mourners ahead of the Wax funeral at the Ralph Schugar Chapel and remembered him as a "very polite, gentle man".

Younger had a small realty office in Squirrel Hill, the heart of Pittsburgh's Jewish community, and coached baseball for more than 20 years. He greeted the President and first lady on Tuesday at the synagogue and told them about the horrific events of the day and the 11 worshippers who were killed. Their stones came from the White House, and the first couple also placed white roses at each of the stars for the dead. It was not immediately clear whether Trump and his family would meet with any bereaved family members.

But on Wednesday, the ATF out of Philadelphia tweeted: "Yesterday's tweet re: Tree of Life investigation, and the conclusion that the defendant legally acquired and possessed the firearms, was premature".

Although Bowers is reported to have posted numerous anti-Trump rants online, the president has been accused of stoking violence with his fiery rhetoric.

More funerals for the shooting victims are planned in Pittsburgh in the coming days.

"That waiting stage was just unbearable", said his son, Jared, of Los Angeles.

A woman reacts at a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life synagogue following Saturday's shooting at the synagogue in Pittsburgh, Oct. 29, 2018.

He is traveling to the historic hub of the city's Jewish community as the first three funerals are scheduled to be held for the victims, who range in age from 54 to 97.

In addition to the 11 killed, eight people were injured during the attack. He ran a few minutes late to Younger's service because he was still at the burial for another victim, Joyce Fienberg. He added: "For the record, I did not vote for him". "He is certainly welcome", Myers said.

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