Attorneys for the prosecution and the defense of the man accused of murdering 11 Jews in the Tree of Life building on Oct. 27, 2018, met with Judge Donetta Ambrose on July 11 to discuss deadlines, according to KDKA. No trial date has yet been set, and it is still unclear as to whether the defendant will assert an insanity defense.
During the meeting, “prosecutors pushed for stricter deadlines and defense attorneys asked for more time due to COVID safety restraints,” KDKA reported. Prosecutors stated it was a matter of “respect” for those murdered, as well as their families, to move the case to trial. Prosecutors also pushed for a deadline for the accused to declare if he will be pursuing an insanity defense.
“I want you to understand I think the time has come to get this going,” Ambrose said.
Attorneys for the defense claimed that the pandemic was delaying them from traveling to complete their investigation, according to KDKA, and said they wanted to put off talking about mental health deadlines until hearings scheduled for September.
It has not yet been decided whether the trial will be held in Pittsburgh. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick