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Deadline extended for death penalty review in case against Tree of Life defendant

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| Tuesday, December 11, 2018 12:54 p.m
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Robert D. Bowers

Attorneys involved in the federal government’s case against accused Tree of Life gunman Robert Bowers will receive extended time to submit and review evidence, a federal judge said Tuesday.

A 120-day extension will give prosecutors more time to produce discovery material – evidence in the case – and for defense attorneys to review the material.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office also sought more time to consider seeking the death penalty in the case. The Defense counsel will have an opportunity to respond, and the Department of Justice must approve of the designation.

Bowers, who did not appear at the status hearing Tuesday, faces 44 federal charges in the Oct. 27 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 in the case.

U.S. District Judge Donetta Ambrose set April 18 as the deadline for pretrial motions in the case. She said the court will meet for status hearings monthly.

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