Robert Bowers, Suspect In Synagogue Shooting, Due In Federal Court For Arraignment On Hate Crimes Charges

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PITTSBURGH (AP/KDKA) — A truck driver accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during the attack on Squirrel Hill’s Tree of Life Synagogue in October is expected in court to be arraigned on additional charges.


The hearing Monday morning in federal court for 46-year-old Robert Bowers is expected to be short.


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He will be given formal notice of the additional charges.


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A grand jury last month added 19 counts to the 44 Bowers had faced over the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue building.


He will now be arraigned on the 63-count Superseding Indictment returned on Jan. 29.


The new charges include hate crime violations, obstructing religious belief and using a firearm during crimes of violence.


The indictment added 13 violations of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, along with counts of discharging a firearm during those crimes of violence.


According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the new charges include:


• Eleven counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death;
• Eleven counts of hate crimes resulting in death;
• Two counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon and resulting in bodily injury;
• Two counts of hate crimes involving an attempt to kill;
• Eight counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon, and resulting in bodily injury to public safety officers;
• Four counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs involving use of a dangerous weapon and resulting in bodily injury to public safety officers;
• Twenty-five counts of discharge of a firearm during these crimes of violence.


The arraignment is scheduled for 9 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert C. Mitchell.


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