The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial jury will hear more testimony of the massacre as penalty phase begins. This means that the punishment to be given to Robert Bowers will be determined whether it will be death penalty or life in prison.In 2018, Robert Bowers, then 46, was accused of killing 11 individuals in what was the deadliest attack that targeted Jewish people in the U.S. On June 16, during the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial, a federal jury convicted Bowers on all 63 charges, including 22 capital charges.
According to Almasy, the 22 capital charges against Bowers included 11 counts of use of a firearm to commit murder and 11 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death. On June 26, the same jury from the previous Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial will hear more testimony to determine whether Bowers will face death penalty or life in prison.
Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Trial
An article in BBC states that during the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial, Bowers’ attorney reportedly acknowledged that their client was the suspect of the massacre. However, the defense team claimed that he only wanted to stop the congregation from working with the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Furthermore, they insisted that the attack was not anti-Semitic.