By Bassel Barakat
A white man who had killed two African Americans was pleaded not guilty to hate crime before a federal court.
In October, Gregory Bush, 51, fatally shot Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, 67 — at the Kroger supermarket in Jeffersontown, Kentucky.
Bush was arraigned in court Monday on three federal hate crime charges and three federal gun charges, according to Courier-Journal.
Under the federal hate crimes law the convicted could face death penalty.
According to NewOne, the defendant’s son claimed his father is mentally ill and was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder that affects his mood.
Notably, when an eyewitness pulled out his gun, Bush walked by him and said “don’t shoot me. I won’t shoot you. Whites don’t shoot whites.”
Federal prosecutors decided that Bush would remain in state custody in Louisville’s Metro Correction facility.
He slated to appear in state court later in January.