Lawyers in Tree of Life Shooting Case Get More Time for Evidence

Death Penalty for Robert Bowers Still an Option.

Joe DeStio
December 11, 2018 - 1:51 pm
A federal judge is giving prosecution and defense lawyers in the Tree of Life shooting case another 120 days to share and review evidence.

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) A federal judge is giving prosecution and defense lawyers in the Tree of Life shooting case another 120 days to share and review evidence. The new date for pre-trial motions to be filed is April 18, 2019.

 In a status conference that lasted about six minutes, Judge Donetta Ambrose asked both sides to keep her informed of any problem that develop. She intends to schedule additional status conferences monthly starting in February, “ to make sure things are moving along.”  No trial date has been set for 46 year old Robert Bowers who faces 44 charges for the October 27th shooting spree that killed 11 people and wounded several others including four police officers.

Bowers’ defense lawyers told the judge they have received two packets of information so far from federal prosecutors. The prosecution is expected to use the additional time to determine if it will seek the death penalty against Bowers. The final call will come from the Justice Department in Washington. Justice Department attorney Julia Gegenheimer is joining the prosecution.

Bowers waived his right to attend today’s conference. There were no onlookers from Tree of Life Synagogue or the Squirrel Hill community in the courtroom.