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Mass killing suspect pleads ‘not guilty,’ could face execution or 535 years in prison if convicted

The suspect in the mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded "not guilty" in federal court Thursday. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

The suspect charged with the murders of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded "not guilty" in federal court Thursday.

The purported mass killer was indicted on 44 counts related to the attack on Wednesday. Some of those counts included hate crimes and obstructing the practice of religion, as well as other charges

On Thursday, lawyers requested a trial by jury.

The mass murder suspect also reportedly injured several more people Saturday in the attack at The Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill area. The victims’ ages ranged from 45 to 97 years old, and four police officers were also injured..

What are the details?

Prosecutors said that a forthcoming trial could take three to four weeks, unless the system certifies the case for capital punishment.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty in the Pennsylvania case, and President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) have both voiced their support for such an action.

In the hours after the deadly attack, the president condemned the suspect's violence, and said that the suspect should "pay the ultimate price" for his "assault on humanity."

If the capital punishment case is rejected, the suspect could face up to 535 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

NBC News reported that government officials expect that the case could run for about a month — or longer, if deemed a capital case.

A trial date has yet to be set.

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