Louisville prosecutor believes Kroger shooter likely committed hate crime
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's top prosecutor says all options are on the table, including the death penalty, for the man accused of killing two at Jeffersontown's Kroger.
Saturday night, Jefferson County Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine stood in solidarity with a group of African-American community leaders during a news conference outside King Solomon Baptist Church in West Louisville.
Those community leaders believe 51-year-old Gregory Bush carried out a hate crime when he gunned down two African-Americans at the Jeffersontown Kroger on Wednesday afternoon, and they said more people need to share that same conclusion.
The U.S. Attorney's Office is examining the case to determine if federal hate crime charges are appropriate.
Meanwhile, WDRB asked Wine if he believes, as a prosecutor, that hate crime charges would be appropriate for Bush.
"When you look at what happened, the verbiage that Bush used, the targets, his previous conduct, it is very difficult to escape that belief that it was a hate crime," he said.
However, he said the state hate crime law isn't nearly as strong as the federal hate crime law, so he's hoping the federal government will pursue hate crime charges, if it determines they're applicable, while the state handles the murder charges and a possible burglary charge.
Wine said what's happened so far has been a "united effort" between the state and federal governments.
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