Suspect Pleads Not Guilty In Deadly Pittsburgh Synagogue Attack

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The suspect in a grisly shooting that left 11 people dead at a Pittsburgh synagogue was charged today in a 44-count indictment accusing him of federal hate crimes.

The indictment accused him of a string of gun and hate crimes, including obstructing the victims' right to the free exercise of their religious beliefs.

Bowers was injured during a shootout with police during the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in what is believed to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in USA history.

Officials say Bowers, who is from Florida, called out "All Jews must die", before he fired at the worshippers in Tree of Life.

The controversial visit came after mourners crowded into nearby synagogues and joined street processions at the first funerals for some of the victims of the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in modern USA history.

Six people were injured in the attack, including four police officers, two of whom remained hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Suspect Robert Bowers, 46, showed no emotion during his Thursday morning court appearance, only raising his voice to answer with an emphatic "yes!" to the question of if he understood the charges.

Bowers is jailed without bail.

Funerals for the victims continue this week.

He faces a maximum possible penalty of death, or life without parole, followed by a consecutive sentence of 535 years of imprisonment.


Gottfried, a dentist, had reconnected with his faith following his father's death and at one point became the president of the 70-member congregation in Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Students from the Yeshiva School of Pittsburgh, pay their respects as the funeral procession for Dr.

"And they shouldn't have to wait years and years. So - and I really look forward to going - I would have done it even sooner, but I didn't want to disrupt anymore".

Late on an overcast Thursday morning, mourners trickled into the Ralph Schugar Chapel for the funeral of Sylvan Simon, 86, and his wife, Bernice, 84, who had been married for almost 62 years.

After the visit, Trump tweeted: "Small protest was not seen by us, staged far away".

The attack - which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has described as the deadliest targeting Jews in United States history - has heightened a national debate over Trump's rhetoric, which critics say has contributed to a surge in white nationalist and neo-Nazi activity.

Outside the synagogue, President Trump placed rocks, a Jewish funeral tradition, on symbolic markers with a Star of David for each victim. Some community leaders had asked Trump not to make the trip.

"You could hear siren after siren", said school CEO Dan Kraut.

The president, who opponents say has stoked a toxic political climate conducive to acts of violence, paid a brief visit to the Tree of Life temple, the scene of Saturday's attack, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump.

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