Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers pleads not guilty

The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting that left 11 dead has pleaded not guilty to 44 charges.

Robert Bower on Thursday denied charges that include the murdering of 11 people, hate crimes and firearms offences.

Bowers,46, spoke in court only to say he understood the charges and to enter a not guilty plea.

He was injured during a shootout with police during the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighbourhood in what is believed to be the worst anti-Semitic attack in US history.

Bowers’ appearance in court came as funerals for three more victims – who were attending a baby naming ceremony – were planned during the day.

Funerals will be held for Sylvan Simon, 86, his wife, Bernice, 84, and for Richard Gottfried, 65.

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