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Alleged Poway synagogue shooter appears in San Diego court

Posted at 5:09 PM, May 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-30 21:46:00-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — Still many unanswered questions after alleged Poway synagogue shooter appeared at his readiness hearing in San Diego Superior Court.

The Deputy District Attorney, David Grapilon, said he doesn't know if this will be a death penalty case and can't tell 10News how the 19-year-old legally obtained the gun used during the shooting.

In the state case the shooter faces one count of murder, three counts of attempted murder and a count of arson against an Escondido mosque.

"We have still not received recordings of the witnesses, we expect that there's going to be firearms analysis which will be crucial for this case, we also expect that there's going to be computer evidence involving my client's computer which is going to be very relevant in this case," Public Defender John O'Connell said.

The evidence is already extensive, more than 700 pages handed over from the Deputy District Attorney to the defense. More evidence includes surveillance video of the shooting from the time he entered to the time he left the synagogue.

"The Sheriff's Department did a pretty exhaustive investigation along with the FBI, and allied agencies and there's a lot of statements of witnesses that we're taking," Grapilon said. He added those statements will be redacted when turned over to the defense.

While the shooter's family was in federal court two days ago, no one was in the gallery Thursday.

10News went to the family's neighborhood to see how they're faring. A neighbor said they are doing the best they can, the kids are going to school, trying to finish out the year.

The shooter's preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 19, at 8:30 a.m.