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Archive for October 29th, 2018

Federal Prosecutors Seeking Death Penalty Against Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooter

Robert Bowers

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the man who opened fire at a busy Pittsburgh synagogue, killing 11 people and injury six others.

Robert Bowers, 46, who was injured in a shootout with police, is scheduled to appear for his first court appearance Monday.

U.S. Attorney Scott Brady said prosecutors are seeking the death penalty after Bowers burst into the Tree of Life Congregation on Saturday morning and shouted his hatred towards Jewish people as he opened fire. He was armed with an AR-15 and three handguns.

Court records indicate Bowers told one officer, “They’re committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews,” according to CBS News.

It’s a very horrific crime scene,” Wendell Hissrich, the city’s public safety director, told reporters Sunday. “It’s one of the worst that I’ve seen, and Ive been on some plane crashes. It’s very bad.”

Bomb Suspect Left Behind Trail of Clues for FBI

Bombing suspect Cesar Sayoc

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The part-time DJ arrested on charges of sending bombs to prominent Democrats left a trail of evidence for the FBI.

Lab technicians discovered matching DNA on separate pipe bombs and identical fingerprints on two packages.

On social media, he misspelled “Hilary” Clinton and Debbie Wasserman “Shultz” – the same mistakes made on the mailings.

US News reports that intercepted, bubble-wrapped manila envelopes contained vital forensic evidence that was sufficient for investigators to arrest 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc while he was spinning records at a Florida nightclub. 

“Criminals make mistakes so the more opportunities that law enforcement has to detect them, the greater chance they’re going to be able to act on that, and that appears to be what happened here,” said former Justice Department prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty, who prosecuted the Boston Marathon bombing case.

The evidence led authorities to a man with a long criminal history who appeared to be living in his van.

Sayoc is due in court Monday afternoon.