Suspect in US Synagogue shooting pleads not guilty, demands trial

Larry Hoffman
November 2, 2018

The Pittsburgh massacre has fuelled a debate over US President Donald Trump's rhetoric and his self-identification as a "nationalist", which critics say has led to a surge in right-wing extremism and may have helped provoke the synagogue bloodshed.

In addition to the 11 people killed Saturday, multiple people were injured, including four Pittsburgh police officers.

It was the deadliest attack on Jews in USA history.

After meeting with President Trump and a few of his family members Tuesday, Tree of Life Synagogue rabbi Jeffrey Myers is speaking openly about the experience. Although his online presence was rife with vitriolic hatred of Jewish people and other bigotry, in real life he was a forgettable presence who gave no indications of the carnage officials say he unleashed.

During the brief court appearance, Bowers, wearing a red jumpsuit, pleaded not guilty to the counts, some of which could ultimately result in the death penalty if he is convicted.

"They were innocent like boys, not hardened like men", the Rosenthals' sister, Diane Hirt, told mournerse.

The Pennsylvania man accused of killing the 11 Jewish worshipers was indicted Wednesday on 44 counts, including murder and hate crimes. Authorities said he raged against Jews during the rampage. Two congregants were also still in the hospital, one in critical condition.

Hundreds of mourners turned out for the funeral, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Trump stepped into the role of national consoler, a title he wears uncomfortably, with his visit to the Squirrel Hill neighborhood.

One person was arrested during the protests. They were trailed by first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, who are Jewish.

The funeral for Dr. Richard Gottfried, a 65-year-old dentist, was scheduled later Thursday afternoon at the same funeral home.

Funerals were held Tuesday for Dr.

Though advanced in years, Mallinger always stood during services.

"A lot of people are feeling really angry about this".

California State Senator Scott Wiener issued the following statement: "As a Jew and as an American, my heart is broken about this hate crime massacre". Don't get me wrong; I do. "She's praying for the families of the victims and their friends". "It's just such a loss".

Augie Siriano, a custodian at Tree of Life, said the couple often brought him chocolate chip cookies, and that Sylvan Simon liked to talk about the Pittsburgh Steelers professional football team. Associated Press journalists Robert Bumsted, Adam Geller and Mark Scolforo in Pittsburgh and Jennifer Peltz in NY contributed.

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