He did not plead guilty in Thursday’s court hearing of the American man who killed 11 people on October 27 in the Tree of Life called the Pittsburgh Synagogue.
The 46-year-old Robert Bowers spoke little to court in Pittsburgh, saying only that he understood why he was being accused and even received a death sentence, and he said he did not feel guilty. Since he was involved in a firefight in the shooting with police and wounded in a wheelchair, he appeared in a courtroom with a fixed arm.
The attack on the Pittsburgh Synagogue of Life Tree was called by the US authorities as the most serious antisemitic assassination in the history of the United States. Bowers immediately informed him after his arrest: he wanted all Jews to die.
The burial of the 11 victims began on Tuesday, and six wounded were still hospitalized. The institution says Wednesday that its recovery will be a slow process.
President Donald Trump and First Lady, Melania Trump visited Pittsburgh on Tuesday, dropped her grace in the synagogue and visited the wounded in the hospital. The president accompanied her daughter, Ivanka, her widow and counselor, Jared Kushner and Steve Mnuchin, finance minister.