Adam Purinton, a US Navy veteran, who shot an Indian techie at a bar in Kansas and injured two more, made his first court appearance in the case. He appeared before a Johnson County District Court judge via video conference on February 26.
Purinton is likely to face a jail term of 50 years for first-degree murder and two charges of attempted first-degree murder on state charges.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has also joined the local law enforcement agencies in probing the incident that has shocked the Indian-American community and hundreds of Indians in the US.
The FBI is helping gather evidence in the shooting because Kansas does not have a hate crime statute.
If it is proved that Purinton’s actions constitute a hate crime, he could face federal charges that could potentially carry the death penalty.
Being held in the Johnson County jail on aÂ $2-million cash bond, Purinton was arrested hours later at an Applebees restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, 70 miles away from Olathe. At the restaurant, he confided to the bartenderÂ that he had been involved in a shooting.
Meanwhile, after remaining silent for over a week, the Donald Trump administration opened its mouth on Kansas shooting.Â White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, during his press briefing, flayed hate crimes against the Jewish community and asserted there is no space for violence based on religion and ethnicity.