Pittsburgh synagogue suspect due in federal court Thursday


Robert Bowers, 46, an avowed anti-Semite, appeared defiant and determined in court.

The man suspected of gunning down 11 people at a synagogue in the USA city of Pittsburgh pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal charges that could see him sentenced to death, United States media reported. He is also charged with injuring four police officers, some during a gunfight before his arrest. He told a prosecutor he had read the 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.

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

His appearance in court on Thursday came as funerals for three more victims were planned during the day.

Jared Younger of Los Angeles told mourners that he waited for hours Saturday for his father to pick up his phone or let them know he was all right.

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These are stones found on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, part of a makeshift memorial outside the Tree of Life Synagogue to the 11 people killed during worship services Saturday Oct. 27, 2018 in Pittsburgh. Her daughter was injured in the attack.

Funerals for the victims are being held all week.

A 97-year-old woman who was the oldest victim of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre will be laid to rest Friday at the end of a wrenching, series of funerals.

Shribman felt that by doing so, it brought "our readers to the heart of the incident that has marked our community, and displaying the heart of this community, including of course the Post-Gazette community" on the first Shabbat since the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue.

As Younger's service was wrapping up, Myers momentarily forgot to read a letter to the family that another rabbi had sent. He remains jailed without bail.