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Pretrial listening to set in Pittsburgh synagogue bloodbath case

PITTSBURGH (AP) — An evidentiary listening to within the case of a western Pennsylvania truck driver accused of killing 11 individuals at a Pittsburgh synagogue three years in the past is anticipated to get underway inside a federal courtroom in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

Federal prosecutors and attorneys for Robert Bowers will take part within the pretrial listening to earlier than U.S. District Choose Donetta W. Ambrose.

Authorities allege Bowers, 49, of Baldwin, Pennsylvania, killed 11 individuals and wounded seven, together with 5 cops, on the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27, 2018. It’s thought-about the deadliest assault on Jews in U.S. historical past.

Investigators say Bowers opened fireplace with an AR-15 rifle and different weapons throughout worship companies contained in the Tree of Life synagogue constructing, killing eight males and three ladies. He was arrested after a police tactical crew tracked him down and shot him.

Bowers faces greater than 60 federal costs, together with hate crimes violations, obstruction of non secular perception and the usage of a firearm throughout against the law of violence. Bowers has pleaded not responsible. He faces a attainable demise penalty if convicted.

Three separate congregations — Tree of Life, Dor Hadash, and New Gentle — had been conducting Sabbath companies in several areas of the big constructing in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood when the assault occurred.

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