By Chriss Swaney
PITTSBURGH (Reuters) – The person accused of a Pittsburgh synagogue capturing rampage that killed 11 individuals throughout Sabbath prayers was as a consequence of be arraigned in federal court docket on Monday, charged with dozens of offenses together with homicide and hate crimes.
Robert Bowers, who had incessantly posted anti-Semitic slurs and conspiracy theories on-line, is accused of bursting into the Tree of Life synagogue on Oct. 27 armed with three handguns and a semi-automatic rifle, then firing on congregants as he shouted “All Jews should die.” The capturing within the coronary heart of town’s closely Jewish Squirrel Hill neighborhood marked the deadliest anti-Semitic assault in U.S. historical past.
Bowers, a 46-year-old former truck driver, might face the dying penalty if convicted.
He pleaded not responsible in November to 44 preliminary counts, together with utilizing a firearm to commit homicide and obstruction of spiritual train leading to dying. On Jan. 29, a federal grand jury indicted Bowers on 19 further prices, together with hate crime violations.
Amongst these killed had been a 97-year-old lady, two brothers of their 50s and a married couple of their 80s. Two civilians and 5 law enforcement officials had been wounded earlier than the suspect was shot by police and surrendered.
On the day of the assault, Bowers, a Pittsburgh resident, mentioned on-line, “I am unable to sit by and watch my individuals get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I am moving into.”
The assault adopted a wave of politically motivated pipe bombs mailed to outstanding Democrats and heightened nationwide tensions forward of November’s midterm congressional elections.
It additionally fueled a nationwide debate over the rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump, who critics say contributed to a surge in white nationalist and neo-Nazi exercise. The Trump administration has rejected the notion he has inspired far-right extremists who’ve embraced him.
(Reporting by Chriss Swaney; Further reporting and writing by Jackie Botts; Modifying by Jeffrey Benkoe)