Poway Synagogue Shooter To Be Charged With Federal Hate Crime: Sources
While the information came from a source close to the investigation, prosecutors said that a conference to announce “civil rights violations and hate crimes” in the case would be held Thursday morning.
The charges, including charges of murder and attempted murder, could make the shooter, a 19-year-old, eligible for the death penalty.
The shooter, John Earnest, faces both state and federal charges, and may be tried concurrently for both — an unusual, but not unheard of, occurrence in serious cases, the Union-Tribune reported. The shooter who killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018 is also facing both state and federal charges.
Earnest has also been charged in connection with an arson fire at a mosque in a nearby town.