Pittsburgh synagogue capturing suspect due in federal courtroom

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — A truck driver accused of killing 11 folks and wounding seven throughout an assault on a Pittsburgh synagogue in October is anticipated to seem Monday morning in a federal courtroom to be arraigned on further costs.

The listening to in Robert Bowers’ case is anticipated to be quick and entails giving him formal discover of the legal costs issued in a brand new indictment.

A grand jury on Jan. 29 added 19 counts to the 44 he had confronted within the capturing on the Tree of Life synagogue constructing. The extra costs embrace hate crimes violations, obstruction of spiritual perception and the usage of a firearm throughout crimes of violence.

Bowers, 46, of Baldwin, Pennsylvania, is accused of concentrating on worshippers from three Jewish congregations when he attacked Saturday, Oct. 27, whereas Sabbath providers had been being held.

Seven folks had been wounded within the rampage, together with 5 cops.

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Investigators say Bowers posted criticism of a Jewish charity on social media earlier than the assault, claiming the immigrant support society “likes to deliver invaders that kill our folks.” Authorities mentioned he advised investigators that “all these Jews must die.”

Bowers has been incarcerated within the Butler County Jail, about 35 miles (55 kilometers) north of the capturing scene. If convicted of probably the most critical offenses, he may very well be sentenced to life with out parole.

A spokeswoman for federal prosecutors in Pittsburgh mentioned a call about whether or not to pursue the demise penalty towards Bowers stays below overview.

Messages left for protection legal professionals listed within the courtroom document weren’t returned.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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