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Not guilty plea entered for man accused of racially-motivated murder

December 01, 2017 - 6:06 am
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OLATHE, Kan. (AP) - The man accused in an alleged hate crime at an Olathe bar that killed one Indian national and left two men wounded has pleaded not guilty.

Adam Purinton is charged with first-degree murder in the February shooting in Olathe that killed 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla at Austin's Bar and Grill. He also faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder for wounding two other men.

The Kansas City Star reports Purinton on Thursday waived his preliminary hearing and the not guilty plea was entered on his behalf.

His next hearing is scheduled for May 8.

Purinton also faces hate crime charges in federal court.

Federal prosecutors allege that Purinton targeted Kuchibhotla and another Indian man because of their race or ethnicity. The third man was shot when tried to help the two victims.

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