(Pittsburgh, PA-AP) — Synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers could face the death penalty after being indicted on 44 criminal counts including hate crimes. Federal prosecutors announced new charges against the 46-year-old suspect today.
News of the indictment comes as funerals continue for eleven victims of Saturday’s shooting rampage. Bowers is due to appear in a second hearing in federal court in Pittsburgh tomorrow.
(Pittsburgh, PA-AP) – The man accused of killing nearly a dozen people at Jewish synagogue day in court is over. Robert Bowers’ hands were released for a brief time inside a Pittsburgh courtroom this afternoon to sign paperwork, according to reporters inside. They say he was silent through most of the hearing except to answer “yes” or “yes sir” to the judge’s questions.
He reportedly seemed calm when having a conversation with his attorney. Bowers declined to have the charges and potential penalties read. The suspect remains in custody until his next preliminary hearing. Bowers faces 29 charges in connection to the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday that left eleven people dead and six others injured. Bowers was wounded in a shootout with officers and was released from the hospital this morning.