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Attorney for Robert Bowers hopes to resolve Tree of Life case without trial

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The defense attorney for the man accused in the Tree of Life synagogue shooting said she hopes to resolve with case without taking it trial.

Judy Clarke, who has negotiated plea deals for the Unabomber, the man behind the 1996 Olympic bombings in Atlanta, the man who in 2011 in Arizona shot and killed six and severely injured 13, including former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and other notorious killers made the comments at her client’s arraignment on new charges in connection to the October massacre.

Robert Bowers pleaded not guilty to the 63 charges in the superseding indictment.

Bowers was originally indicted last year on 44 federal charges related to the Oct. 27 shooting that left 11 people dead inside the Squirrel Hill synagogue. A federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment Jan. 29 that added 19 new charges. Those charges included 13 hate crime-related charges and six corresponding firearms charges.

Twenty-two of the counts against Bowers are punishable by death.