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CrimeLawyers for accused Tree of Life shooter seek plea deal

22:35  23 may  2019
22:35  23 may  2019 Source:   post-gazette.com

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Lawyers for accused synagogue shooter Robert Bowers said Thursday they are seeking a plea deal that will spare their client the death penalty.

Judy Clarke, one of the lawyers, told U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose at a routine conference that the defense team is seeking a plea.

The move is not unexpected.

Prosecutors said that the Justice Department is still reviewing the case for death penalty approval.

Mr. Bowers is accused of gunning down 11 parishioners at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Oct. 27. About a third of the 63 federal crimes of which he is charged carry the death penalty.

Mr. Bowers didn't appear at the meeting.

The judge set another conference for Aug. 5.

Torsten Ove: tove@post-gazette.com.

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