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PROSECUTORS: Mahmoud Hindi deserves the death penalty

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Prosecutors have announced that they plan to pursue the death penalty in the case of a man accused of killing two people inside a church during a homeowner's association meeting.

Mahmoud Hindi is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of 73-year-old David Merritt and 69-year-old Marvin Fisher at the Springdale Community Church.

Hindi was reportedly involved in a long dispute with his homeowners association over a fence and driveway at his home.

On Friday morning, prosecutors filed a notice of aggravating circumstances indicating that they plan to seek the death penalty in the case, due to the fact that there were multiple victims involved.

Family members of the victims were on hand during the pre-trial hearing, but refused to comment.

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Erin White said the victims' families are doing well, under the circumstances.

"Understandably this is incredibly difficult for them, but they and their families are doing amazingly well, all things considered," she said. "We just hope to be able to get justice for them."

An unidentified man sat behind Hindi and spoke words to him at the beginning and the end of the hearing in a foreign language. That man also refused to comment.

Hindi is expected to be back in court on Jan. 14.

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