Prosecutors described in court how a heavily armed suspect barged into a Pittsburgh synagogue and shot every worshiper he could find in the deadliest antisemitic attack in US history.
The federal trial of Robert Bowers gets underway more than four years after the shooting deaths of 11 worshipers at the Tree of Life synagogue.
“The depths of the defendant’s malice and hate can only be proven in the broken bodies” of the victims and “his hateful words,” Assistant US Attorney Soo C. Song says during her opening statement.
Some of the survivors dab tears, while Bowers, seated at the defense table, shows no reaction.
The defense is expected to present its opening statement before the prosecution begins calling witnesses.