for murders and dozens of hate crimes and is now facing the death penalty.

Robert Bowers, a white truck driver, 50, was on trial for 11 murders he committed in 2018 inside the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

A jury in Pennsylvania Federal Court took just five hours to find him guilty. Now, they will reconvene to decide whether he should be given the death penalty or a life sentence.

Bowers was on trial for a total of 63 charges.

In the pre-trial phase, Bowers’ lawyers asked that their client be allowed to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty. But the Ministry of Justice refused this agreement.

On October 27, 2018, Bowers stormed into the synagogue in a Jewish neighborhood of Pittsburgh, armed with three handguns and a semi-automatic rifle. Shouting “all Jews must die”, he opened fire and killed 11 people, including a 97-year-old woman.

Earlier, he had posted racist, anti-Semitic and xenophobic messages on a far-right website.

Bowers’ attorneys argue that imposing the death penalty on their client would be unconstitutional because he suffers from serious psychiatric problems, such as schizophrenia.

In order for him to be sentenced to death, there would have to be a unanimous decision by the jury. Otherwise, he will be sentenced to life imprisonment.