California synagogue shooting suspect has not guilty plea entered in federal court

San Diego, California (CNN)A federal judge on Tuesday entered a not guilty plea for the 19-year-old California man who faces 109 civil rights and hate crimes charges in connection with a deadly shooting at a synagogue last month. Because there were 54 people in the synagogue when Earnest allegedly attacked, he faces 54 counts of obstruction of free exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and bodily injury and involving the attempt to kill. He also faces 54 hate crime counts, and another charge of damage to religious property in connection with the case of arson at the Escondido mosque. A preliminary hearing, where prosecutors will have to show probable cause for a trial, is set for May 28. An …