PITTSBURGH (NEWsnet/AP) — A jury deliberated Tuesday but did not reach a decision about whether Robert Bowers should receive the death penalty or life in prison without parole for the 2018 killing of 11 at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.
The same jury that convicted Bowers in June on 63 criminal counts began deliberating his sentence around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, and met for about seven hours before being sent home. Deliberations are expected to resume this morning.
In closing arguments Monday, prosecutors said Bowers clearly was motivated by religious hatred, saying he had spread antisemitic content online prior to the attack and has expressed pride in the murders. They urged jurors to impose a death sentence.
Bowers’ lawyers asked jurors to spare his life, asserting he acted out of a delusional belief that Jewish people were helping to bring about a genocide of white people. They said he has severe mental illness and endured a difficult childhood.
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