Thursday of last week, defense attorneys for the suspect in the shooting that occured at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded not guilty in a shocking decision made by the accused last minute. Robert Bowers entered the courtroom in wrist, ankle, and waist shackles along with a large bandage on his left arm. He had been shot multiple times in a shootout with police after the massacre occurred. Bowers is the prime suspect and most likely candidate to be accused of the slaughter that occurred last thursday.
Bowers was charged with 44 different crimes with 32 of those crimes punishable by death. The list of charges is as followed, 11 counts of obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and use of a firearm to commit murder during a crime of violence, two counts of obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon resulting in bodily injury, eight counts of obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs involving an attempt to kill and use of a dangerous weapon resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer, two counts of use of a firearm during a crime of violence, nine counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence, and lastly one count of obstruction of the free exercise of religious beliefs involving the use of a dangerous weapon and resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions called the crimes “incomprehensibly evil and utterly repugnant to the values of this nation.” Bowers was arrested after being injured in the ensuing firefight after the slaughter had occurred. While being dragged out of the Synagogue he was heard making anti-semitic remarks stating he “ wanted all Jews to die.” Bowers had a license to carry firearms and has used it to purchase at least six weapons. Minutes before police received reports of the shooting occurring, he posted a picture on Gab.com with a captions saying “can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered, I’m going in.” All of this evidence stacked up against Mr. Bowers should make the sentencing a fairly easy case to close.