#TSRUpdatez: The man who was charged in the murders of two Black shoppers at a #Louisville, Kentucky, Kroger store last fall has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.
In a ruling last week, Jefferson Circuit Judge, Annie O’Connell, found that #GregoryABush is not currently competent to stand trial, @thegrio reports. It sounds as though the judge feels this could change, so she scheduled a follow-up competency hearing for July 24th.
Bush was charged with federal hate crime and faces double charges of each murder, as well as wanton endangerment in the shootings of 69-year-old #MauriceStallard, and 67-year-old VickieLee on October 24th, 2018.
Authorities said moments before the shooting at Kroger, Bush allegedly attempted to enter a predominantly Black church.
A church member sitting in the parking lot saw the suspect banging on and pulling the door, trying to get inside.
“To think that an hour and a half earlier, we had 70 people in the church,” church administrator Billy Williams told CNN affiliate, WDRB. “But by the time he came through, all doors were locked, and there were probably eight or 10 still in the building.”
According to reports from the scene, Bush allegedly told a white bystander with a gun who tried to interfere not to shoot him because he “won’t shoot white people.”
He exchanged multiple rounds of gunfire in the Kroger parking lot with an armed civilian who had a carry concealed permit. Nobody else was injured, and the suspect fled the scene before being arrested nearby.
Bush has pleaded not guilty to each of the charges. If he is later eligible to stand trial and is convicted on the federal charges, he could face either the death penalty or life in prison.
After Bush was charged, his son told reporters that Bush had been previously diagnosed with schizo-affective disorder.
We’ll keep you updated on this story, Roommates.
TSR STAFF: Christina C! @cdelafresh