3 life sentences, no parole for man who killed 3 Muslims

Craig Hicks is pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the 2015 the killing of three young Muslims at a Chapel Hill apartment on Wednesday, the 12th of June, 2019 at the latest, at the Durham County Courthouse. Hicks will have to serve a life sentence in prison without the possibility of parole for the killing of his neighbors at the Finley Forest Condominiums: Deah Barakat, 23, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP)

DURHAM, N. C. – Moments after a North Carolina man pleaded guilty to the award of three Muslim students at the university, a public prosecutor’s office was a cell-phone video of the massacre in court on Wednesday, when one of the relatives of the victims fainted, others cried, and a man cursed with the well-known murderer off scot-free.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 50, pleaded guilty to three counts of first-degree murder more than four years after the February, 2015 in the massacre, and after two months, the incoming District Attorney Satana Deberry has dropped plans to seek the death penalty in the hopes of closing a case, she said, had pined away for too long.

“I want to plead guilty since day one,” Hicks told Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson. Hudson has been sentenced Hicks to three consecutive life sentences, without parole, living in over five years for a shooting in the building.

Hicks came in to a Chapel Hill condo is owned by the 23-year-old Deah Barakat, and a deadly shot, Barakat’s wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and wife, and her 19-year-old sister, Razan Abu-Salha.

At the time, Chapel Hill police said Hicks, who alleged that he was being challenged by the competition over the parking space at the complex where she lived. Family members said the victims were targeted because they were Muslim, and asked the federal authorities to pursue hate-crime charges.

The authorities have indicated that they do not have sufficient evidence to successfully prosecute Hicks on hate crime charges, said Joe Cheshire, a lawyer for the families of the victims. He said that the officials were not able to overcome this, Hicks’ initial statement that the violence was provoked by a parking dispute.

The family members, and the public prosecutor’s office brought up the greater part of the two-hour session, telling the court that Hicks was motivated by bigotry against non-white people. Hicks turned out to be a gun on his hip when he wanted to intimidate his Korean neighbor, a black modification of the employee, and, if any of the victims, said the prosecutor, Satana Deberry.

An aggressive atheist, Hicks also expressed a hatred for the Christians and the Jews.

“You have played into the hands of the worst of the religious people are the fanatics, the radicals — who seek to destroy this world,” Mohammad Abu-Salha, the women’s father, said Hicks, is in the court of law. The murders were a part of the growing hatred against the Muslims, ” he said.

The court was shown a confession, recorded on video. In it, Hicks told the police that, after grabbing his gun and extra bullets, and the pounding on his neighbor’s door, and he’d lost control, when Barakat and cursed him. “I’ve made a mistake. I overreacted,” Hicks told interrogators.

That account was contradicted by a cell-phone video that will be shown in the court, the court in Barakat, the records of his own death.

As the video rolls, Barakat approached the door to the inclusion of the exchange are often a seething neighbors. He was hoping that it would be able to demonstrate to a legal restraining order to keep him away, Even me.

At the end of the parents ‘ brothers and sisters, to watch the video to see Hicks, sue Barakat and the Abu-Salha sisters were in a three car parking spaces. Prosecutors said that wasn’t true. When Barakat responded, there were no more space than a condo, the rules, Hicks replied: “You are disrespectful towards me, and I’m going to high …”, Hicks pulled out a gun from his waist and fired a couple of times.

The phone will be deleted. The sound of a women screaming could be heard, followed by several more shots. Then it’s silence.

The women wept openly in the courtroom, and as a young man, frigging Hicks. Barakat’s older sister, Dr. Suzanne Barakat, and fell down in a dead faint. She later appeared at a news conference with other family members and a lawyer and she said that was OK.

“In 36 seconds, Mr Hicks executed three people,” Assistant District Attorney Kendra Montgomery-Blinn said.

Hicks said in his confession that after the women are attacked, injured, shot in the head at close range. The autopsy results confirmed his description.

Barakat, a dental student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Yusor Abu-Salha had been married for less than two months old, and she had just been accepted to dental school. Razan had just made the dean’s list at North Carolina State University. Barakat and the Abu-Salha sisters had cooked food for the homeless, efforts are made to improve on bad Raleigh, north carolina area and are planning a trip to Turkey to help Syrian war refugees, Montgomery-Blinn said.

Prosecutors and family members, in contrast with the academic and humanitarian work with the wounded Hicks. The ex-wife told the prosecutors, Hicks, was based on the 1993 Michael Douglas movie “Falling Down”, about a frustrated, unemployed, white man, who responds to the personal and social dysfunction, in the context of growing violence.

Hicks’ third marriage was disintegrating, and he had recently quit his job with an auto parts company, in a fury, Montgomery-Blinn said. The employees described him as continuing to play on the computer sniper games, ” she said.

Hicks listened intently, non-smoking throughout, his hands cuffed.

The former U.S. Attorney Ripley Rand said Wednesday his office had not decided whether to pursue hate crime charges, Hicks, and when he resigned, and took a lead from the incoming Home administration in 2017. The federal hate crimes statute, and lawyers are to consider the outcome of the trial, in support of these charges, ” he said. It’s not an additional punishment, he is said to have been given that would have meant nothing,” Rand said.

The ministry of justice, president Kelly, we’re declined to comment on the hate-crime investigation.

Cheshire cat, said the families were not happy with the lack of action.

“It will hurt a lot of feelings, and it adds to the false narrative,” he said. “Our government has failed our family, and our multi-cultural democracy.”


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Associated Press writer Martha Waggoner contributed to this report.

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