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Judge declines to lower bond for suspect in shooting at Springdale Community Church

Posted: Updated: Sep 8, 2012 11:25 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- (WDRB) A judge refuses to lower the bond for the man accused of shooting two men inside a Louisville church.

Mahmoud Hindi pled not guilty to charges of murder, assault and wanton endangerment.

Police say Hindi did confess to shooting and killing David Merritt and critically wounding another man Thursday night during a neighborhood association meeting at Springdale Community Church.

Hindi's attorneys asked Judge Angela McCormick-Bisig to reduce Hindi's $1 million bond.

"He is not a danger to the community in the sense that this crime is not a random violent crime," said attorney Khalid Kahloon.

But Assistant County Attorney Joe Martz argued against any bond reduction.

"He is the epitome of danger to the community," said Martz.

The judge agreed.

"The current bond is fair given the serious, serious nature of the charges here," said District Court Judge Angela McCormick Bisig.

Hindi appeared calm throughout the arraignment. Later his attorneys asked the community not to rush to judgment.

"We look forward to the entire story being heard. Our hearts and Dr. Hindi's family's hearts are right now with the Fisher and Merritt families," said attorney Todd Lewis.

Hindi lives in this home with his wife and seven children. Today we saw what appeared to be either family or friends leaving the house.

Hindi had been involved in a long-running dispute with the neighborhood association over an illegal fence and driveway his family had built.

"This is a family that is a very peace-loving, law-abiding family enjoying their American dream and then it's shattered by this unfortunate and very tragic incident," said Kahloon.

Meanwhile Hindi's neighbors here in Spring Creek are still trying to come to grips with the violence.

"I think the neighborhood is trying to pull together, make sure everybody is there for each other to the extent they can be or need that. Other than that, we're trying to go about our own daily business as we otherwise would."

WDRB also spoke today with a former neighbor who moved following a dispute with Hindi. He did not want to talk on camera, but he did say that his heart goes out to the families of the victims.

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