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Feds Aiming To Pursue Death Penalty Against Pitt. Synagogue Shooting Suspect

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady says federal prosecutors are seeking approval to pursue the death penalty against Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers.

Brady says he has begun the process to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ approval as required by law to pursue a capital case against Bowers.

Brady says multiple search warrants have been issued in the investigation of Bowers, a long-haul trucker who worked as an independent contractor.

Police responding to the shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue wounded Bowers and arrested him. Eight men and three women were killed when Bowers opened fire. The FBI said he was armed with an AR-15 rifle and three handguns. 

Bowers is scheduled to appear in court early Monday afternoon for a hearing.

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