Commonwealth’s Lawyer Thomas B. Wine talked concerning the challenge of whether or not the Kroger capturing ought to be thought-about a hate crime.
Sam Upshaw Jr., Louisville Courier Journal

A mental competency exam was ordered Friday for Gregory Bush, the man accused of fatally capturing two consumers at a Jeffersontown Kroger in October.

Bush, 51, made an look Friday in Jefferson Circuit Courtroom, the place he faces two expenses of homicide, two costs of wanton endangerment and one charge of attempted homicide.

He has pleaded not guilty to these expenses, which have been filed after Bush allegedly shot and killed two black buyers – Maurice Stallard, 69, and Vickie Lee Jones, sixty seven – on the Kroger off Taylorsville Street in Jeffersontown on Oct. 24.

Bush, who’s white, additionally pleaded not responsible in January to three federal hate crime expenses and three federal gun expenses in reference to the deaths of Stallard and Jones.

If convicted on the federal expenses, Bush might face the demise penalty or life in prison.

Minutes earlier than he began capturing on the Kroger, police stated Bush attempted to enter the predominantly black First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown.

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Bush’s son beforehand stated his father had been recognized with schizoaffective disorder and had expressed irrational fears prior to now.

Legal specialists have stated a suspect’s psychological sickness might issue into the choice of prosecutors on whether or not to seek the dying penalty, but such a choice can take months.

Earlier this week, a U.S. District Courtroom decide denied a motion by Bush, who’s represented by public defenders, to move him to a federal detention facility in Georgia for a psychological evaluation.

Based on on-line courtroom data, Bush’s defense workforce had argued he wanted to receive a psychiatric evaluation from his own skilled in Georgia earlier than receiving a competency evaluation from the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Middle in his state case.

Nevertheless, a Kentucky medical license for the professional retained by the defense will doubtless be granted by the top of March, and state prosecutors stated they are prepared to delay a state examination till after the Georgia physician receives a Kentucky license, courtroom data state.

On Friday, state prosecutors informed Jefferson Circuit Courtroom Decide Annie O’Connell that they proceed to evaluation extra evidence, together with electronics seized from Bush’s residence.

A standing hearing within the federal case is scheduled for June.

Bush’s subsequent look in Jefferson Circuit Courtroom is scheduled for July 24.

Reach Billy Kobin at or 502-582-7030.

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