PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Tree of Life Synagogue shooting suspect Robert Bowers was not present during Tuesday’s status conference at the federal courthouse. However, attorneys on both side of this case are doing what they can to move forward.

Bowers’ defense attorney Judy Clarke asked the judge for what’s called a complexity finding which will give them an extra 120 days to review the case due to its unusual and complex nature. The U.S. Attorney’s Office doesn’t plan to oppose that request. The defense also asked for more time. They asked for time to review evidence, which they described as four terabytes of discovery.

The hearing for 46-year-old Bowers was very short.

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Bowers is accused of killing 11 people and wounding seven during the attack on Squirrel Hill’s Tree of Life Synagogue last October.

Attorneys be given an additional 30 days, then the prosecution can send the Department of Justice the information they need to move forward. The submission deadline has been extended to May 15.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said this is all part of the death penalty process.

The next status conference is scheduled for April 15.

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