Suspect in Kansas shooting appears in court

Michelle Durrett from the Johnson County Public Defenders Office will serve as Purinton's attorney.

By: PTI | Houston | Updated: March 1, 2017 10:27 am
Kansas, Kansas shooting, Kansas bar shooting, suspect held, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, indian techie killed, techie killed, hyderabad techie killed, suspect in court, indian express news, world news Adam Purinton, who has been charged with murder and attempted murder in the Wednesday night shooting at a crowded bar in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe. (AP photo)

Adam Purinton, the man charged with killing Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla and injuring two others in an apparent hate crime at a pub in Kansas, has made his first court appearance.

The US Navy veteran, appeared before a court on Monday.

Michelle Durrett from the Johnson County Public Defenders Office will serve as Purinton’s attorney.

Watch | Kansas Shooting: FBI Investigating Shooting Of Indian Men As Hate Crime

According to Steve Howe, Johnson County District Attorney, Purinton faces hard 50 on state charges.

The FBI is also helping gather evidence in the shooting because Kansas does not have a hate crime statute.

If their agents can prove that Purinton’s alleged actions constitute a hate crime, he could face federal charges that could potentially carry the death penalty.

Purinton iscurrently being held in the Johnson County jail on a USD 2-million cash bond.

Prosecutors claim Purinton opened fire inside Austin’s restaurant in Olathe on last Wednesday night, killing Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounding his Indian colleague Alok Madasani.

Ian Grillot, a 24-year-old American man was also injured while intervening in the shooting.

Police arrested Purinton in Henry County, west central Missouri, after he reportedly walked into an Applebee’s restaurant there and confided to the bartender that he had been involved in a shooting.

The shooter was charged Thursday with first- degree murder. He was also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of Alok and Grillot.

He was extradited back to Kansas on Friday.

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  1. B
    Feb 28, 2017 at 7:11 am
    he looks like a frustrating man like donald truup life after limelight is death or inatioon or impeachment
    1. A
      Feb 28, 2017 at 11:36 am
      If a veteran finds 'job' this way than he needs to be in a' psych unit'.We ALL KNOW americans are an ignorant bunch.He could not have understood the mother tongue spoken by the deceased and he is a veteran ???? great training he has received.Well the gun is might here and used with punity
      1. S
        S ashok
        Feb 28, 2017 at 8:50 am
        Why is this guy not labelled a terrorist?And his mindless shooting an act of terrorism.?wasnt he terrorising people of different colour and speech to leave his country.?
        1. V
          Feb 28, 2017 at 8:30 am
          This is what is happening in the w world. No part in this work is exceptional. Tolerance and love is missing in this modern era. Each country wants to prove their dominance and each individual wants to satisfy their;br/gt;God bless us all.