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01/11/2018 14:41 GMT | Updated 01/11/2018 15:26 GMT

Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre Suspect Pleads Not Guilty To Murder And Hate Crimes

11 people were killed.

The suspect in the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre that killed 11 people has pleaded not guilty to federal murder and hate crimes charges.

Robert Bowers, 46, appeared in court dressed in a red jumpsuit and with a bandaged left arm. 

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Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers has pleaded not guilty to federal murder and hate crime charges

He spoke little, other than to say he understood the charges against him, and that some of them could result in the death penalty, followed by entering a plea of “not guilty.”

The victims 

David and Cecil Rosenthal, 54 and 59-year-old brothers;

Sylvan Simon, 86, and his wife Bernice Simon, 84;

Joyce Fienberg, 75;

Richard Gottfried, 65;

Jerry Rabinowitz, 66; Daniel Stein, 71;

Melvin Wax, 88;

Irving Younger, 69;

The oldest victim was Rose Mallinger, 97.

Bowers was injured during a shoot-out 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.

He had appeared in court on Monday shackled to a wheelchair.

Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty against Bowers.

He is accused of bursting into the synagogue and opening fire with a semi-automatic rifle and three pistols in the midst of the Sabbath prayer service as he shouted: “All Jews must die.”

Six people, including four police officers, were wounded before the suspect was shot by police and surrendered.