A memorial across the street from the Chabad of Poway Synagogue, April 28. Photo: Sandy Huffaker via Getty Images

John Earnest appeared in court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to murder charges following Saturday's attack on Chabad of Poway, in which 1 woman was killed and 3 were left injured, The Daily Beast reports.

Driving the news: The 19-year-old suspect remained silent during his arraignment as the public defender assigned to his case entered his not-guilty plea. The judge has ordered Earnest to be held without bail for allegedly murdering Lori Kaye, 60, along with with 3 other counts of attempted murder. San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan's office is reportedly weighing whether to pursue a life without parole prison sentence or the death penalty. Prosecutors say the alleged shooter purchased the semiautomatic rifle — the weapon used in Saturday's attack — legally.

The big picture: Saturday's attack has been characterized as a hate crime. On Monday, Earnest’s parents released a statement saying: "[O]ur sadness pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many people. ... To our great shame, he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries."

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Graham hopes his panel will approve Amy Coney Barrett by late October

Sen. Lindsey Graham during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Sept. 24, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Saturday he expects confirmation hearings on Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court to start Oct. 12 and for his panel to approve her by Oct. 26.

Why it matters: That would mean the final confirmation vote could take place on the Senate floor before the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Texas city declares disaster after brain-eating amoeba found in water supply

Characteristics associated with a case of amebic meningoencephalitis due to Naegleria fowleri parasites. Photo: Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

Texas authorities have issued a warning amid concerns that the water supply in the southeast of the state may contain the brain-eating amoeba naegleria fowleri following the death of a 6-year-old boy.

Details: The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued a "do not use" water alert Friday for eight cities, along with the Clemens and Wayne Scott Texas Department of Criminal Justice corrections centers and the Dow Chemical plant in Freeport. This was later lifted for all places except for Lake Jackson, which issued a disaster declaration Saturday.

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