Shooting suspect pleads not guilty in hate crime killing

Adam Puninton yelled "get out of my country" before fatally shooting Srinivas Kuchibhotla.

The racist sack of shit defendant in the hate crime killing of an Indian engineer at a suburban Kansas City bar was arraigned Thursday after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, pleading not guilty.

Not guilty plea in alleged hate crime killing of Indian man at Olathe bar

Adam Purinton is charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting that killed 32-year-old Srinivas Kuchibhotla in February. He also faces two counts of attempted first-degree murder for wounding two other men.

Federal prosecutors allege that Purinton targeted Kuchibhotla and another Indian man, 32-year-old Alok Madasani, because of their race or ethnicity. Madasani survived the shooting. The third man, 24-year-old Ian Grillot, was shot when tried to intervene and help the two victims.

Witnesses at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe said Purinton, who is white, yelled racial slurs and told Kuchibhotla and Madasani to "get out of my country" before pulling the trigger of his 9mm semi-automatic handgun.

He was apprehended several hours later, at an Applebee's restaurant in Missouri, where a bartender called 911 after he admitted that he'd shot and killed "two Iranian people in Olathe."

Purinton is also facing hate crime charges, which carry a possible death sentence, in federal court.

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