Purinton Plea

Adam Purinton, the man alleged to have killed an Indian American man in a Kansas bar in an apparent hate crime, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. (Henry County Sheriff’s photo)

Adam Purinton, the man who allegedly shot three people, killing one, in an incident at a bar in Olathe, Kan., in February, has pleaded not guilty.

The plea, delivered by Purinton's attorney Chief Public Defender Michael McCulloch Nov. 30, came after Purinton waived his preliminary hearing that had been scheduled for mid-January, according to a KansasCity.com report.

Purinton is accused of first-degree murder in the shooting of 32-year-old Indian American engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla at Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe (see earlier India-West story here).

He is also charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder for shooting two other men — Kuchibhotla's coworker and friend Alok Madasani, and a bystander who intervened, Ian Grillot.

Purinton is also facing hate crime charges in federal court. Federal prosecutors believe Purinton targeted the Indian Americans Kuchibhotla and Madasani because of their race or ethnicity.

His next hearing in Johnson County is scheduled for May 8, according to the report.

The shooter reportedly yelled "Get out of my country" at the two Indian Americans before opening fire.

Purinton left the bar after the shooting and was arrested some 70 miles away in Clinton, Mo., at an Applebee's restaurant after allegedly telling a bartender he shot the victims.

The incident led to several vigils for the victims and the Indian American community in Olathe as well as throughout the country.

Additionally, many lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have cited the incident as a means to pass hate crime bills to add a layer of safety to foreigners in the U.S.

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