The suspected gunman in this weekend’s deadly synagogue shooting made his first court appearance on Monday, shackled and in a wheelchair. Robert Bowers is still recovering from injuries he received during a gun battle with police on Saturday.
The 46-year-old long haul trucker faces 29 federal charges including hate crimes.
The judge read the counts against Bowers, and appointed a federal public defender to represent him.
After having his handcuffs removed briefly, Bowers took a few minutes to read and sign documents.
His public defender waived a reading of the criminal complaints against him, and waived any issues concerning bail.
The U.S. Attorney in Pittsburgh is seeking approval to pursue the death penalty in the case. Bowers is being detained at the Allegheny County Prison without bond. He’ll be back in court for a preliminary hearing on Thursday.