Pittsburgh Shooting Suspect Pleads Not Guilty to Charges That Could Put Him on Death Row

Robert Bowers has been arraigned just one day after a federal grand jury increased his charges from 29 to 44 counts

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady and FBI Agent Bob Jones announce the arraignment of Robert Bowers, October 29, 2018.
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The anti-Semitic truck driver accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue has pleaded not guilty to federal charges that could put him on death row.

Robert Bowers was arraigned Thursday, one day after a grand jury issued a 44-count indictment that charges him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing the practice of religion and other crimes. He is also charged with injuring four police officers, some during a gunfight before his arrest.

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This was his second brief appearance in a federal courtroom since the weekend massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh's Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

Authorities say the 46-year-old Bowers raged against Jews during and after the rampage. It was the deadliest attack on Jews in American history.

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Funerals for the victims are being held all week.

Bowers had been set for a preliminary hearing on the evidence Thursday, but federal prosecutors instead took the case to a grand jury.