Alleged Tree of Life gunman pleads not guilty

By Amanda Klein | November 1, 2018

Robert Bowers, the alleged gunman in Saturday’s Tree of Life synagogue shooting made a brief court appearance in federal court Thursday and pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Escorted by U.S. Marshals, Bowers entered the courtroom  wearing a red jumpsuit and had a large bandage on his left arm. When he appeared in court on Monday Bowers was wheeled into the courtroom by a deputy marshal.

During the short proceeding Bowers spoke to his two court-appointed attorneys and when asked how he intended to plead to the 44 count indictment responded, “Not Guilty.” He also requested a jury trial.

The indictment alleged that Bowers, using an AR-15 rifle and three Glock handguns, opened fire on congregants at the Tree of Life synagogue killing 11 and injuring six.

Bowers was released from Allegheny General Hospital on Monday morning. He was briefly kept in the Allegheny County Jail, but has since been transferred to the Butler County Jail.

Bail was previously denied because prosecutors alleged in a court filing he was both a flight risk and a danger to the public.

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