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Mahmoud Hindi commits suicide in jail; victim's widow reacts

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A doctor accused of gunning down two people at a homeowners' association meeting has committed suicide at Metro Corrections, jail officials confirmed.

Dr. Mahmoud Hindi, who was awaiting trial for the deaths of David Merritt and Marvin Fisher, hanged himself in his cell with a bed sheet Saturday afternoon, Corrections Director Mark Bolton said in an e-mailed statement.

"The Louisville Metro Police's Public Integrity Unit is investigating, a standard procedure for any death in the jail, and Metro Corrections staff is also reviewing the case," Bolton said.

Hindi was last seen praying in his cell around 3:45 p.m. Saturday, and found hanging in his cell about ten minutes later, the statement read. Staff performed CPR and Hindi was taken by ambulance to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 4:45 p.m., according to Bolton.

Dr. Hindi is accused of killing David Merritt and Marvin Fisher at a homeowners' association meeting at Springdale Community Church in September of 2012.

On Saturday evening, Candace Fisher, the widow of Marvin Fisher, spoke to WDRB about this news.

"I was very angry. Shook up and very angry because I had wanted Mr. Hindi to go to jail for the rest of his life and remember what he had done", says Candace Fisher.

She says she is thankful for one reason however.

"I had to thank the Lord that my friends and neighbors, and Vivian, and myself will not have to relive that day over and over in court", says Candace Fisher.

Following his arrest during an interview with police, Hindi told investigators about his long-running dispute with some of his neighbors. He called some of them "racists" and says he has suffered depression from how they treat him and their issues with his home.

"They had made a killer out of me, actually. I was a very very very actually good person, very God conscious actually and never intended to harm even a butterfly in my life actually. They just made a killer out of me and I had to do it," Hindi told LMPD detectives.

According to previous reports, police say right after allegedly shooting Homeowners Association President 73-year-old David Merritt and 69-year-old Marvin Fisher, Mahmoud Hindi talked freely and matter of fact about his actions.

Hindi: "I stood up and shot Mr. Merritt that way."

Police: "Was Mr. Merritt sitting down or was he standing?"

Hindi: "He was sitting."

Police: "OK, he was sitting. Was he at this angle?"

Hindi: "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."

Hindi says he shot each of them once. He brought a gun and extra bullets, but never planned to shoot anyone else at the HOA meeting inside Springdale Community Church, according to previous reports. He said he had six bullets in the gun and six more bullets in his bag.

Hindi was reportedly upset over deed restrictions to his property and blamed Merritt and Fisher. The Metro Department of Public Works and Assets determined that both were illegally constructed and violated the city's Land Development Code. There had been court hearings over it.

Hindi had a history of lashing out while in jail.

In January of this year, while Hindi was receiving medication at Metro Corrections, officers say he became combative, threatening to kill corrections officers. He also allegedly grabbed a cup of water and threw it one of the officers. Hindi was later charged with assault for the incident.

Mike Lemke, Hindi's attorney, said Hindi's trial was set for July of 2014. He declined to comment further when asked about whether Hindi had been on suicide watch at the jail. However, Chris Poynter, a spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer's office, told WDRB News Hindi was not on suicide watch and was alone in his cell.

Hindi told police following his arrest that he suffered from depression over his property dispute with the two victims.


WDRB News Staff contributed to this report.

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