Robert Bowers, the 46-year old suspect in Saturday's deadly shooting in Pittsburgh has arrived at the court on Monday in a wheelchair. He signed the papers connected with the charges against him and acknowledged he understood those charges.
The next hearing in the case is scheduled for Thursday, when the federal government would present evidence that Bowers gunned down 11 and injured six others due to their religious beliefs, US Attorney Scott Brady told reporters.
"Today Robert Bowers made his first appearance in federal court, the judge advised him of the charges against him, he is detained in jail without bond," Brady told reporters. "The federal magistrate judge scheduled a hearing for Thursday, November 1."
The suspect was arraigned and ordered held without bond on Monday for the deadliest attack on America's Jewish community.
The request for the continued detention of synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers, who prosecutors say is a danger to the community and a flight risk. pic.twitter.com/OaBhB1rTrp— Nicole Fuller (@nicolefuller) October 29, 2018
The Attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh
The tragedy took place on Saturday, when a gunman opened fire inside a synagogue, killing 11 people and injuring another six. He was wounded in a shootout with police before surrendering to security forces.
During his arrest, Bowers was reportedly shouting anti-Semitic slogans. According to media reports, he chased people from the main hall into the synagogue's basement, armed with a rifle and three handguns. Bowers has been charged with 29 federal counts, and, according to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, will most likely face a death penalty.
Reacting to the deadly attack, US President Donald Trump called it a "wicked act of mass murder," that is "pure evil," and "something that is unimaginable." The president said he will personally travel to Pittsburgh to commemorate the victims.