Last week, the Bowers' defense team asked to extend the Oct. 1 deadline for providing notice if they plan to use a mental health or insanity defense.By Meghan Schiller

By: KDKA-TV News Staff

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Another attorney will temporarily join the team defending Robert Bowers.

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Bowers is accused of gunning down 11 people inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill in 2018.

Bowers’ defense team has asked the court if a lawyer from Illinois can gain access to the case for the “limited purpose” of participating in upcoming “suppression litigation.”

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The judge approved what’s called a “pro hac vice” admission, which means “for this occasion only.”

Last week, the Bowers’ defense team asked to extend the Oct. 1 deadline for providing notice if they plan to use a mental health or insanity defense.

However, the prosecution argued against any extensions, saying they have extended it enough and the 11 victims and those injured deserve justice.

Meghan Schiller