Kansas man admits murder of Indian tech worker in sports bar

Written By: BBC/Hunja Macharia

A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to killing a tech worker from India and injuring two others at a pub last year.

Adam Purinton, 52, shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Alok Madasani at Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe in February 2017.

Witnesses said Purinton opened fire with a handgun after shouting: “Get out of my country!”

Mr Kuchibhotla died and Mr Madasani was injured. Bystander Ian Grillot was shot and injured as he tried to intervene.

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Mr Kuchibhotla and Mr Madasani, both Indian nationals, were working as engineers at tech firm Garmin.

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After the attack, the gunman drove away before stopping at a restaurant in Missouri to tell a staff member he had just shot two Iranians.

Purinton, who is white, waived his right to a jury trial in state court on Tuesday.

He admitted one count of premeditated first-degree murder in Mr Kuchibhotla’s death.

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Appearing in Johnson County District Court, he also pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted premeditated first-degree murder in the shootings of Mr Madasani and Mr Grillot.

His sentencing is scheduled for 4 May.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who died; Alok Madasani, who was injured; and Ian Grillot, also injured

Purinton still faces a federal case over the attack – including hate crime charges – that could carry a possible death sentence.

Mr Kuchibhotla’s widow, who was not in court, said after Tuesday’s plea agreement that the outcome showed hate was never acceptable.

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“We must understand and love one another,” Sunayana Dumala said in her statement to the Kansas City Star..

“Let us continue to work for peace, understanding and love – the things Srinu stood for and will be his legacy.”

According to the newspaper, Purinton will spend the rest of his life in prison under his plea agreement.


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