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U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady Remarks following Robert Bowers’ Initial Appearance

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – Remarks of Scott W. Brady, United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, following the initial appearance in federal court of Robert Bowers:

"On Saturday, October 27, 2018, my office charged Robert Bowers with federal murder and assault charges relative to the horrific acts of violence he committed at the Tree of Life synagogue.

Today, Robert Bowers made his first appearance in federal court. The Judge advised him of the charges against him. He is detained in jail, without bond.

The federal Magistrate Judge scheduled a hearing for Thursday, November 1 at 10:00 a.m. At that time, we will have the opportunity to present evidence demonstrating that Robert Bowers murdered 11 people who were exercising their religious beliefs, and that he shot or injured six others, four of whom were police officers responding to the shooting.

Our investigation of these hate crimes continues. Under the law, we must present this case to a federal grand jury within 30 days of today.

Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims’ families and with the community.  Rest assured, we have a team of prosecutors working hard to ensure that justice is done."

Updated October 29, 2018

Civil Rights
Hate Crimes
Firearms Offenses