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Judge denies bond for Mahmoud Hindi

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The man accused of fatally shooting two of his neighbors during a homeowners association meeting will remain in jail without bond.  Mahmoud Hindi and his attorney were hoping that Hindi could be out of jail until his trial -- but that will not happen.

Mahmoud Hindi entered the courtroom smiling Monday morning during the bond hearing.  He is accused of killing 73-year-old David Merritt and 69-year-old Marvin Fisher during the Spring Creek Homeowners Association meeting in early September.

The meeting was being held inside Springdale Community Church, and police say there was an ongoing property dispute between Hindi and some Homeowners Association board members.  He was initially given a $1 million dollar bond, but that was remanded.

Monday, the lead detective in the case took the stand.  She spoke about Hindi admitting during questioning that he intentionally shot the two men.  Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty in this case.

Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Erin White said explained, "He did admit to intentionally shooting and killing Mr. Merritt and Mr. Fisher.  And we would ask the court that remain his bail situation, because the proof of guilt is evident and presumption of guilt is great.

Hindi's attorney, Mike Lemke, argued that, "We have cases in this county far worse than what we are seeing here," and that the defendants were given some type of bond in those cases.

He argued Hindi should have a chance at bond.

"It's not that out of the ordinary among the other homicides, even the capital homicide cases that we've got. All those people have bonds. I don't see any reason why this should be singled out as being all that special," says defense attorney Mike Lemke.

The judge ruled that Hindi would not be given bond.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

The judge later ruled that Hindi would not be given bail, and will remain in jail until his trial.

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