Three suspects indicted for murder of Toronto tourist Derby weekend
Scott Hunter, a resident of Toronto, was shot and killed near his hotel on Phillips Lane.
On Wednesday afternoon, a Jefferson County grand jury indicted Fahed Abu-Diab, Fatima Abu-Diab and Tyrone D. Thomas for murder, according to a news release from the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office.
In addition to the murder charges, Fahed Abu-Diab is charged with 13 counts of Robbery, Trafficking in Marijuana, Theft by Unlawful Taking and Trafficking in a Controlled Substance (Alprazolam).
Fatima Abu-Diab is charged with 10 counts of Robbery, Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance (Heroin), Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance (Marijuana) and Illegal Possession of a Controlled Substance (Alprazolam).
Thomas has been charged with 10 counts of Robbery.
Friends of Scott Hunter describe him as a great guy and a lively character. He was a bartender in downtown Toronto for nine years.
"We're trying to get our heads around it and trying to comprehend how something like this could happen," said Beau Opperman, Hunter's boss at House on Parliament.
Opperman says Hunter was in Louisville with a friend for the Derby.
"He was down there to watch the race and was having a good time," he told WDRB by phone Monday. "And last we heard, he had texted or called his girlfriend and was having a great time, and then his family contacted me...and I can only imagine what they're going through.”
Police say Hunter was killed as he and his friend were headed back to their hotel after the Kentucky Derby.
"It's extremely unfortunate and tragic,” said Lt. Todd Kessinger with the LMPD Homicide Unit.
Police say the three suspects had been committing robberies all weekend.
"They were driving down Phillips Lane and saw the two victims walking on the side of the road, and that's when they got out of the vehicle and approached them," Kessinger said. "They went to rob both victims and, during the robbery, there was a struggle, at which time they fired a shot and killed the victim."
All suspects were interviewed by police and gave statements indicating their involvement in the robberies and Hunter's murder, according to arrest reports.
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