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Pittsburgh shooting suspect pleads not guilty

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 2/11/19, 12:48 pm

The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre pleaded not guilty to dozens of charges Monday as his new lawyer indicated he might be open to a plea deal. Robert Bowers, a 46-year-old truck driver who authorities say gunned down 11 people at Tree of Life Synagogue in October, appeared in federal court with attorney Judy Clarke, who has represented notorious killers facing the death penalty, including Unabomber Ted Kaczynski and Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Prosecutors have not said whether they will pursue the death penalty against Bowers, who allegedly raged against Jews as he carried out the shooting. Police eventually shot Bowers and brought the rampage to an end. Asked if the government would consider a plea deal that spares Bowers a potential death sentence, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady said in a statement Monday: “The defendant is charged with crimes that carry the maximum possible penalty of death. We are committed to seeking justice for the victims and their families in this case.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Mon, 02/11/2019 04:07 pm

    NO plea deal!  I believe some crimes in their horror and magnitude literally cry out for the death penalty as retribution. I believe this is one. 

  • KC
    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 11:13 am

    Why do we even consider plea deals when someone is guilty beyond all doubt???

    Posted: Tue, 02/12/2019 04:39 pm

    How does a person caught murdering people plead not guilty? How do they justify that? 

    Does the person think that by pleading not guilty they will not get the death penalty?

    Is this why people continue to kill?