US Navy veteran pleads guilty to killing Indian techie in Kansas

US Navy veteran pleads guilty to killing Indian techie in Kansas

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Navy veteran, on March 7, pleaded guilty to the murder of Indian 
engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a racially motivated hate crime at a bar in Kansas City last year that raised fears of growing intolerance in America following President Donald Trump’s tough rhetoric on immigration.

Adam Purinton, 52, pleaded guilty before
 a Kansas court. He was charged with first-degree murder of Kuchibhotla,
 32, and two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of
 his friend, Alok Madasani, and a bystander, who chased Purinton after 
he fled the Austin’s Bar and Grill in Olathe city on February 22 last 

Purinton, yelled, “Get out of my 
country”, before shooting Kuchibhotla, who later died from injuries 
sustained in the attack. Kuchibhotla and Madasani worked as engineers at
 Garmin, a tech company that makes GPS devices.

Kuchibhotla’s widow Sunayana Dumala 
welcomed the guilty plea. “Today’s guilty verdict will not bring back my
 Srinu, but it will send a strong message that hate is never 
acceptable,” she said.

Purinton sentencing is scheduled for May 4.


Prosecutors alleged Purinton committed 
offences after substantial planning and premeditation, attempted to kill
 more than one person in a single criminal episode.


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