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Man pleads not guilty in deadly California synagogue attack

October 4, 2019 GMT
John T. Earnest, left, talks with his attorney, San Diego County Alternate Public Defender John O'Connell, right, during his arraignment, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. Earnest who is accused of killing one person and injuring three others at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 27, the last day of Passover, pleaded not guilty Thursday. He is charged with murder with special circumstances of committing a hate crime and attempted murder in the shooting as well as a March arson attack on a mosque. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
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John T. Earnest, left, talks with his attorney, San Diego County Alternate Public Defender John O'Connell, right, during his arraignment, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. Earnest who is accused of killing one person and injuring three others at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 27, the last day of Passover, pleaded not guilty Thursday. He is charged with murder with special circumstances of committing a hate crime and attempted murder in the shooting as well as a March arson attack on a mosque. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)
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John T. Earnest, left, talks with his attorney, San Diego County Alternate Public Defender John O'Connell, right, during his arraignment, Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, in San Diego, Calif. Earnest who is accused of killing one person and injuring three others at the Chabad of Poway Synagogue on April 27, the last day of Passover, pleaded not guilty Thursday. He is charged with murder with special circumstances of committing a hate crime and attempted murder in the shooting as well as a March arson attack on a mosque. (Howard Lipin/The San Diego Union-Tribune via AP)

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A man charged with a deadly Passover shooting at a Southern California synagogue has pleaded not guilty to murder.

John Earnest entered pleas Thursday in San Diego to an updated complaint accusing him of hate crime-related murder, attempted murder and other charges.

Prosecutors say the 20-year-old nursing student opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at the Chabad of Poway synagogue in San Diego County on April 27 during a Passover service. The attack killed 60-year-old Lori Gilbert-Kaye and wounded three others, including an 8-year-old girl and the rabbi, who lost a finger.

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Earnest then reportedly called 911 to say he had shot up a synagogue because Jews were trying to “destroy all white people.”

Earnest also is charged with setting a fire at a mosque in March. Nobody was hurt.