Pittsburgh synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

Jeffrey Myers head rabbi had been leading worship on Saturday morning when the gunman started firing

Just before the shooting rampage, Bowers wrote on a far-right social media site, "HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people".

Six other people, including four police officers, were injured before Bowers was shot by police and surrendered.

The man charged with opening fire in a United States synagogue and killing 11 worshippers has pleaded not guilty in federal court to all 44 counts against him, including hate crimes and firearms offences.

During the arraignment, Bowers watched prosecutors and nodded periodically.

One of his federal public defenders, Michael Novara, said Bowers pleaded not guilty, "as is typical at this stage of the proceeding". The Allegheny County District Attorney's office filed charges that include multiple counts of homicide, aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation.

Funerals for the 11 victims began on Tuesday.

Robert Bowers is pictured in a booking photo released by the Butler County Prison on October 30, 2018.

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Bowers allegedly expressed anti-semitic sentiments on social media before he carried out the attack, making the shooting the worst anti-semitic attack in US history.

Robert Bowers appeared in court on Thursday (local time), one day after a grand jury issued a 44-count indictment that charged him with murder, hate crimes, obstructing the practice of religion and other crimes.

1 count of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving use of a unsafe weapon and resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer. The indictment, announced Wednesday, was expected. "These alleged crimes are incomprehensibly evil and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation". "Therefore this case is not only important to the victims and their loved ones, but to the city of Pittsburgh and the entire nation".

Funerals will be held for Sylvan Simon, 86, his wife, Bernice, 84, and for Richard Gottfried, 65.

Pittsburgh police stand guard as the casket of Irving Younger, 69, is wheeled from Congregation Rodef Shalom after his funeral on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

The rabbi said he was "pleasantly surprised" to discover a "warm and personal side" to President Trump, when he visited the Pittsburgh synagogue earlier this week after the deadly shootings that had occurred there over the weekend.

Fienberg spent 25 years as a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center until she retired in 2008.

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