A forensic psychologist testified at the recent Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial claiming that Robert Bowers was “blatantly psychotic”. Reports say the psychologist was the second doctor to discuss the suspect’s delusion and schizophrenia.Robert Bowers, 50, was accused for the mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in October 2018 where 11 individuals were killed and six others were injured. On June 16, during the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial, Bowers was found guilty on all 63 charges filed against him.
An article in CNN states that twenty-two of the charges were capital offenses which makes Bowers eligible for the death penalty at the second part of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial. Reportedly, the defense team did not call any witnesses for the guilt phase. However, they called on four doctors to stand trial last June 27 and one doctor last June 28.
Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting Trial Testimonies
According to Zenkevich, on June 29, forensic psychologist, Dr. Richard Rogers, testified at the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial. Rogers stated that upon examining Bowers last year, he evaluated that the suspect was “blatantly psychotic” for believing he should have been rewarded for the mass murder.
Reportedly, Rogers was already the second doctor to have discussed Bowers’ delusional thinking and schizophrenia. On June 28, a neurologist who testified at the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting trial also stated that the suspect has epilepsy and schizophrenia and involuntarily committed suicide several times when he was younger.