Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect pleads not guilty

Pittsburgh synagogue massacre suspect pleads not guilty

Six people were injured - four of whom were police officers responding to the scene.

The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre is expected to make a brief appearance in federal court Thursday to be arraigned on a 44-count indictment.

Under the expanded charges, he could face the death penalty, or life in prison without parole followed by a consecutive sentence of 535 years' imprisonment, the Justice Department said. He told a prosecutor he had read the indictment.

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

Zappala said that he would prefer that local residents "sit in judgment" of Bowers in a trial, but instead would let the federal case proceed and put the state charges on hold for the time being.

Additional funerals are planned Wednesday and Thursday.

On Wednesday, the after-effects of the tragedy pervaded life in Squirrel Hill, the heart of Pittsburgh's Jewish community, where the synagogue is located.

Funerals were held Tuesday for Dr. Their stones came from the White House, and the first couple also placed white roses at each of the stars for the dead.

The community is grieving, and a lot of people don't want to see the guy who spread the same rhetoric as the mass shooter and said that some neo-Nazis are "very fine people." .

In this October 30, 2018, file photo, a casket is carried out of Rodef Shalom Congregation after the funeral services for brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, in Pittsburgh. The death toll includes a set of brothers, a husband and wife, professors, dentists and a physician.

In addition to the 11 people who were killed on Saturday, two congregants were critically injured.

Peduto told CNN's Anderson Cooper that the city's safety resources would be occupied keeping the funeral and Jewish community centers safe, and not available to serve the extensive needs of a presidential visit.

The funerals for the victims began Tuesday and are continuing through the rest of the week. The dread built all day until his sister learned their father, Irving Younger, had been shot and killed. Hours before the Tree of Life synagogue was attacked, Bowers wrote on the social network Gab that the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, or HIAS, a humanitarian nonprofit group that assists refugees, brought immigrants to the United States to do violence.

Late on an overcast Thursday morning, mourners trickled into the Ralph Schugar Chapel for the funeral of Sylvan Simon, 86, and his wife, Bernice, 84, who had been married for almost 62 years.

Bruce Carlton, who took the initial call from Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, said he wanted to keep Myers on the phone without revealing his position to the gunman.

Jared Younger said that when his sister contacted him, he had a feeling it was about his father.

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