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Poway synagogue shooting suspect appears in court

Posted at 1:15 PM, Aug 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 22:17:40-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- John T. Earnest, a 19-year-old nursing student accused of opening fire inside a Poway synagogue, killing a woman and injuring three others, including the rabbi of the congregation, appeared in court for a readiness conference Thursday.

The court appearance comes one day after a judge ordered the release of search warrants.

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Search warrants released Wednesday show that Earnest appeared to be unaffected by his actions when questioned by authorities.

The warrants stated that the 19-year-old was interrogated by investigators regarding the April 27 shooting.

Details in the warrants reveal that Earnest seemed detached from the magnitude of the incident.

Other documents in the case showed that Earnest purchased the rifle used in the attack from a licensed dealer in San Diego.

He reportedly picked up the weapon on April 26, 2019, the day before the shooting.

Worshipper Lori Kaye was killed, and the gunfire injured Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, worshipper Almog Peretz, and his 8-year-old niece.

Earnest will be in court again September 19 for a preliminary hearing.

City News Service contributed to this report.