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USAlleged gunman in Tree of Life mass shooting pleads not guilty to new federal charges

16:51  11 february  2019
16:51  11 february  2019 Source:   wtae.com

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Alleged gunman in Tree of Life mass shooting pleads not guilty to new federal charges© Matt Rourke/AP Photo Deb Polk holds a sign as she gathers with others for a vigil in the aftermath of a deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. The alleged gunman in the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue entered a not guilty plea Monday morning on new federal charges that include 11 counts of hate crimes resulting in death.

Robert Bowers, 46, of Baldwin, was arraigned by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Mitchell on a 63-count superseding indictment that was returned two weeks ago.

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has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that could put him on death row. The dread built all day until his sister learned their father, Irving Younger, had indeed been shot and He was one of the first people Rabbi Jeffrey Myers met when he came to town last year from New Jersey to lead Tree of Life .

Bowers now faces the following charges:

  • 11 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death
  • 11 counts of hate crimes resulting in death
  • 2 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon and resulting in bodily injury
  • 2 counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill
  • 8 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon, and resulting in bodily injury to public safety officers
  • 4 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving use of a dangerous weapon and resulting in bodily injury to public safety officers
  • 25 counts of discharge of a firearm during these crimes of violence

Alleged gunman in Tree of Life mass shooting pleads not guilty to new federal charges© Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Robert Bowers Below is the full text of the announcement made by the Justice Department on Jan. 29.

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A federal grand jury sitting in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania charged a Pennsylvania man with additional federal hate crimes and firearms offenses for his conduct during the Oct. 27, 2018, shootings at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady, and FBI-Pittsburgh Special Agent in Charge Robert Jones made the announcement.

Robert Bowers, 46, of Baldwin, Pa., was charged in a 63-count superseding indictment returned today. The original indictment filed on Oct. 31, 2018, charged Bowers with 44 counts. The Superseding Indictment adds 13 violations of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, as well as corresponding counts for discharging a firearm during those crimes of violence. The Superseding Indictment specifically alleges that Bowers willfully caused bodily injury to 11 deceased and two surviving victims because of their actual and perceived religion.

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According to the Superseding Indictment, on Oct. 27, 2018, Bowers drove to the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where members of the Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Light Jewish congregations gathered to engage in religious worship. Bowers entered the building armed with multiple firearms, including three Glock .357 handguns and a Colt AR-15 rifle. While inside the Tree of Life Synagogue, Bowers opened fire, killing and injuring members of the three congregations, as well as injuring multiple responding public safety officers as they attempted to rescue surviving victims.

The Superseding Indictment further alleges that on Oct. 10, 2018, Bowers posted statements on the website gab.com that were critical of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) and affiliated congregations hosting refugee-related events. That list of congregations included the Dor Hadash Jewish congregation of Pittsburgh. In addition, a statement on his profile expressed the belief that “jews are the children of satan,” and other posts referred to Jewish people using anti-Semitic slurs. Before entering the Tree of Life Synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018, Bowers posted the following on the website gab.com: “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.” According to the Superseding Indictment, while inside the Tree of Life Synagogue, Bowers made statements indicating his desire to “kill Jews.”

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The man accused of killing 11 people and wounding six others in a shooting Saturday at the Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue in Pittsburgh pleaded not guilty Thursday to 44 charges 1: Bowers pleaded not guilty during a court appearance Thursday and requested a jury trial, WPXI reported.

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Specifically, the Superseding Indictment charges:

  • Eleven counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death;
  • Eleven counts of hate crimes resulting in death;
  • Two counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon and resulting in bodily injury;
  • Two counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill;
  • Eight counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon, and resulting in bodily injury to public safety officers;
  • Four counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving use of a dangerous weapon and resulting in bodily injury to public safety officers;
  • Twenty-five counts of discharge of a firearm during these crimes of violence.

The victims include 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life Synagogue who were killed, two congregants who were critically injured by Bowers and 12 congregants who escaped unharmed. Additionally, the victims include five responding public safety officers who were injured while attempting to rescue surviving victims and apprehend Bowers.

Assistant United States Attorneys Troy Rivetti and Soo C. Song, along with Department of Justice Trial Attorney Julia Gegenheimer, are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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Robert Bowers, the alleged gunman in Saturday’s synagogue shooting that left 11 people dead, pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in federal A grand jury alleged in its indictment that Bowers, of Baldwin, went to the Tree of Life in Squirrel Hill during Saturday morning services for three

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The FBI, with the valuable assistance of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police and the Allegheny County Police, conducted the investigation leading to the Superseding Indictment in this case. Dozens of federal, state and local law enforcement officers also assisted in the investigation.

Twenty-two counts in the Superseding Indictment are capital-eligible offenses. Should the Attorney General of the United States determine that the circumstances of the offenses are such that a sentence of death is justified, the law requires that notice be filed with the court at a reasonable time before trial. The defendant further faces a maximum possible penalty of life without parole, followed by a consecutive sentence of 250 years’ imprisonment.

A Superseding Indictment is a formal accusation of conduct, not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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