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Widows of murder victims file civil suit against suspect

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LOUISVILLE, KY. (WDRB) -- The widows of two Louisville men shot and killed inside a local church have filed a civil suit against the man charged with their murders.

Police say Mahmoud Hindi shot David Merritt and Marvin Fisher during a homeowners association meeting in September 2012 at Springdale Community Church.

Court records show Vivian Merritt and Candace Fisher are claiming loss of services, love, and affection from their deceased husbands, and are seeking both punitive and compensatory damages.

They also want Hindi, a former doctor, to pay medical expenses associated with their deaths.

From a 911 call the night of the shootings:

Caller: I just had a shooting down here at Springdale Community Church. Oh my gosh. This guy just shot, he just shot everybody in the room.

Dispatcher: how many people have been shot?

Caller: I think two.

David Merritt and Marvin Fisher's wives have been silent for seven months about how their husbands were gunned down.  Now their actions are speaking louder than words, with the new civil suit just filed in Jefferson Circuit Court.

Attorney Tyler Thompson explains, "The loss they have suffered is unfathomable, and they're living every spouse's worst nightmare."

Thompson continues, "A civil suit is a little different than the criminal suit. The criminal suit is to hold him accountable for the laws he violated. The civil suit is to hold him accountable for the harm he caused."

During a police interview, Hindi admitted to shooting the two men at a homeowners association meeting at Springdale Community Church, saying, "I think he was sitting at this table here and then I didn't imagine myself I can do even that, and I didn't know what happened. I mean I immediately turned to Mr. Fisher and shot him."

He had been in a long-standing feud with his neighbors over a fence and a driveway which violated the city's land development code.  Merritt was the HOA President.

The widows' lawyer says a large financial award may be hard to get, but the case will open up his assets and possible future earnings.

"So if he ever writes a book or anything of that nature," Thompson says, "it will make sure the money goes to the people he harmed."

All three families still live blocks apart.  None wished to comment on the case.

Hindi has had outbursts in front of a judge and several problems in jail.  Most recently he was hospitalized after a fight with a corrections officer.  Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against him but a trial date has not been set.


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