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Hate-Crime Indictments Returned In Kentucky Grocery Killings

Scott Utterback /Courier Journal via AP, Pool
FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2018 file photo, Gregory Bush is arraigned on two counts of murder and 10 counts of wanton endangerment in Louisville, Ky.

A federal grand jury in Kentucky has charged a white man with three hate crimes in the shooting deaths of two African-Americans last month at a grocery.

U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman announced the indictment Thursday in Louisville against 51-year-old Gregory Bush. Bush is charged with three hate crimes, one for each person who was killed and one for attempting to shoot another person based on race or color. He was also charged with three firearms counts. He could face the death penalty if convicted.

Gregory Bush was indicted previously in state court on two counts of murder and other charges. He pleaded not guilty.

Bush had stopped at a historically black church near the Kroger in suburban Louisville before heading to the grocery, where 69-year-old Maurice Stallard and 67-year-old Vicki Lee Jones were killed.