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Pittsburgh shooting suspect Robert Bowers pleads not guilty

Pittsburgh shooting suspect Robert Bowers pleads not guilty

Bowers is charged with 11 counts each of obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and use of a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence, a conviction on any of which could be punishable by death, according to the indictment.

On Thursday public defender Michael Navarra entered a not guilty plea for Bowers and requested a trial, though no trial date has been set.

Bowers, 46, strode into U.S. District Court clad in a red jumpsuit and shackled by handcuffs - in contrast to his appearance Monday when he arrived tied to a wheelchair after sustaining injuries in a shootout with police Saturday.

Funerals for the 11 victims began Tuesday, the same day President Donald Trump his wife, Melania, his daughter Ivanka and son-in-law Jared Kushner, attended memorials for the victims and visited the synagogue.

He is accused of bursting into the synagogue and opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle and three pistols in the midst of the Sabbath prayer service as he shouted, "all Jews must die". He told the judge that he understood the charges filed against him and that some could result in his execution.

Bowers frowned as the charges were read, but did not appear to have a reaction as a federal prosecutor announced he could face a death sentence.

Bowers allegedly expressed anti-semitic sentiments on social media before he carried out the attack, making the shooting the worst anti-semitic attack in USA history.

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Younger had a small realty office in Squirrel Hill, the heart of Pittsburgh's Jewish community, and coached baseball for more than 20 years.

Pittsburgh police stand guard as the casket of Irving Younger, 69, is wheeled from Congregation Rodef Shalom after his funeral on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

Trump did not speak publicly during his brief visit to Pittsburgh, instead quietly paying tribute at the synagogue by laying flowers for the 11 victims and visiting a hospital to see officers who were wounded in Saturday's shooting. The brothers were killed in the mass shooting last week at the Tree of Life synagogue.

Funerals for the victims are being held all week.

Richard Gottfried, 65, as well as married couple Sylvan Simon, 86, and Bernice Simon, 84, will be laid to rest Thursday. The oldest victim, 97-year-old Rose Mallinger, will be honoured at a service Friday.

Imagine the horrors of this week for Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue, and then marvel at his graciousness and composure in this CNN interview.


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