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Attorneys in Tree of Life case given more time to submit, review evidence

Megan Guza
| Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, 12:54 p.m.
Robert D. Bowers
Robert D. Bowers

A federal judge Tuesday gave attorneys involved in the case against accused Tree of Life gunman Robert Bowers more time to submit and review evidence.

A 120-day extension sets April 18 as the deadline for pretrial motions in the case. U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose said the court will hold monthly status hearings until then.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also sought more time to consider seeking the death penalty. Defense attorneys will have an opportunity to respond.

Bowers, who did not appear at Tuesday’s hearing, faces 44 federal charges in the Oct. 27 shooting at the Squirrel Hill synagogue. The shooting left 11 people dead across three congregations worshipping inside: Tree of Life, New Light and Dor Hadash.

Bowers has pleaded not guilty.

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Megan at 412-380-8519, or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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