Robert Bowers, accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal hate crime and other charges.
A grand jury on Wednesday charged Bowers, 46, in a 44-count indictment with murder, hate crime, obstructing the practice of religion and other charges.
In his court appearance Thursday, Bowers requested a trial by jury.
Prosecutors say Bowers entered the Tree of Life Synagogue during services on Saturday morning with multiple firearms, including Glock .357-caliber handguns and a Colt AR-15 rifle, and made statements expressing his desire to “kill Jews” as he stalked his victims. He had a history of posting conspiracy theories about Jews and threatening Jewish communities online.