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N Carolina man, pleads guilty in killing of 3 Muslim students

FILE – In this March 14, 2017, file photo, Craig Hicks, center, is charged with the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N. C., listens with attorney, Steve Freedman, he does make an appearance in a Durham County court, Durham, N. C. Hicks is expected to be Wednesday, the 12th of June, 2019 at the latest, with the entry of a plea in the court of law, in Durham, for more than four years after the massacre, the families of the victims and put the blame on here. (Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP, File

DURHAM, N. C. – The North Carolina man who is accused of the murder of three much-admired Muslim students at the university, pleaded guilty Wednesday to four years after the massacre.

Craig Stephen Hicks, 50, was the question as to the three counts of first-degree murder in Durham prison is full of dozens of victims ‘ family members and friends. It was two months after the state attorney has dropped plans to seek the death penalty in the hope that the conclusion of a case, which they said had languished for too long.

“I want to plead guilty since day one,” Hicks told Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson.

The police say that in February 2015, Hicks performed in a condo in Chapel Hill, owned by the 23-year-old Deah Barakat, and a deadly shot, Barakat’s wife, Yusor Abu-Salha, 21; and her 19-year-old sister, Razan Abu-Salha.

At the time of the massacre, 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 was just accepted to the dental school. Razan had just made the dean’s list in her first semester at North Carolina State University. All three of them were making plans to visit them during their upcoming summer vacation to do volunteer work in a dental clinic at a camp for Syrian war refugees.

Barakat was shot multiple times as he stood at the door to his home, autopsy results showed. His wife and her sister have been shot in the head at close range in the inside of the condo.

Chapel Hill police said Hicks, who alleged that he was challenged by the competition over the parking space at the apartment complex. The family members of the victims said that they believed that the shooting was a hate crime.

The slain women’s father, psychiatrist Mohammad Abu-Salha, was a witness to a parliamentary hearing on hate crimes in April, and that Hicks had expressed hateful comments about his teenage daughters to wear head scarves in observance of their faith.

“Three young Americans have been brutally murdered, and there is no doubt that this is a tragedy born of intolerance and hate,” Dr. Abu-Salha, testified before the U.S. House Judiciary Committee.

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