Pittsburgh shooting suspect pleads not guilty in synagogue rampage

A memorial for victims of the mass shooting that killed 11 people and wounded six at the Tree Of Life Synagogue

The charges included "use and discharge of a firearm to commit murder during and in relation to a crime of violence", among others.

Bowers, 46, was placed in front of Judge Robert Mitchell in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and said little.

A federal grand jury indicted Bowers on 44 criminal counts Wednesday.

On Tuesday afternoon, after the day's funerals were over, Trump and first lady Melania Trump arrived in Pittsburgh to shouting, chanting protesters with signs such as "It's your fault" and "Words matter", a reference to allegations that Trump's combative language has emboldened bigots.

This is the Pennsylvania Driver's License photo of Pittsburgh synagogue suspect Robert Bowers, according to a law enforcement official familiar with the investigation.

This undated Pennsylvania Department of Transportation photo shows Robert Bowers, the suspect in the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27, 2018.

It was his second court appearance, after he appeared in court on Monday shackled to a wheelchair.

Authorities say Bowers raged against Jews during and after the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history.

Under the expanded charges, he could face the death penalty, or life in prison without parole followed by a consecutive sentence of 535 years' imprisonment, the Justice Department said.

Augie Siriano, a custodian at Tree of Life, said the Simons often brought him chocolate chip cookies, and that Sylvan Simon, a retired accountant, liked to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team.

Gottfried, 65, was a husband, a brother and a compassionate hand who helped many in his community. Jerry Rabinowitz, Daniel Stein and Cecil and David Rosenthal who were among 11 people killed in the shooting rampage at the Tree of Life synagogue Saturday. If nothing else, pray for their recovery from this frightful anti-Semitic attack, and pray that it's the last we'll see in our lifetimes.

The Tree of Life Congregation's rabbi said on Thursday he was "pleasantly surprised" by US President Donald Trump's "personal side" when he visited the Pittsburgh synagogue Wednesday following a vicious shooting there over the weekend. More funerals are planned in the coming days.

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.

Rose Mallinger's funeral was scheduled for Friday.

Their daughter, Michelle Simon Weis, said she enjoyed going with her mother to Costco, where Bernice, 84, make sure to try the food samples.

Bowers returns to court Thursday.

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