Trial for suspected Poway synagogue shooter set for June

A June trial date was set Thursday for the Rancho Peñasquitos man going through homicide, tried homicide and hate crime fees in a Poway synagogue taking pictures.

John Timothy Earnest, 20, appeared in San Diego Superior Courtroom sporting leg and waist chains and sat quietly besides to say, “Sure” when Presiding Choose Peter Deddeh requested if he agreed to that the trial could be scheduled for June 2.


Prosecutors mentioned they haven’t but determined whether or not to hunt the loss of life penalty in opposition to Earnest and acknowledged that the trial date might change as soon as the choice is made.

In the event that they do search the loss of life penalty, Deputy Public Defender John O’Connell mentioned a second protection legal professional might be appointed to help him and the trial possible could be delayed a number of months. He mentioned he expects prosecutors to make their choice within the subsequent month or two.

Earnest is charged with homicide, three counts of tried homicide and hate crime allegations within the April 27 shootings at Chabad of Poway. Congregant Lori Gilbert-Kaye, 60, was killed, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein was shot in each arms, inflicting him to lose an index finger, whereas Almog Peretz, 34, and his niece, Noya Dahan, eight, had been wounded. The shootings had been caught on safety digicam video.


Earnest was arrested a short while later after he known as 911, instructed a San Diego police dispatcher that he had simply shot some folks at a synagogue, and waited for officers to reach. He is also charged with a March arson at an Escondido mosque.

He additionally faces federal fees associated to the identical incidents. Prosecutors in that case haven’t determined whether or not to hunt the loss of life penalty.

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