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CrimeNorth Carolina man pleads guilty to murder in the slayings of three Muslim students

21:25  12 june  2019
21:25  12 june  2019 Source:   wxii12.com

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A man charged with killing three Muslim students in 2015 is set to appear in court, where he is expected to plead guilty to three counts of murder , a Hicks is also accused of discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling in the shootings at the Finley Forest condominiums in Chapel Hill.

North Carolina man pleads guilty to murder in the slayings of three Muslim students© Provided by Hearst Television, Inc. Craig Hicks

Moments after a man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting three much-admired Muslim students, a prosecutor played a cellphone video of the slayings.

Women wept openly and a young man hurled an expletive at 50-year-old Craig Hicks after watching the video in a Durham courtroom on Wednesday.

The victims' parents and siblings sat in the front row as the prosecutor played the video on a screen.

Prosecutor Kendra Montgomery-Blinn said one of the victims had turned the phone's video on to capture an exchange with Hicks.

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They were young university students , Muslims of Arab descent, and high achievers who regularly volunteered in the area. A neighbor, a middle-aged white man , was missing — then under arrest and charged with three counts of murder . The victims’ families described it as a hate crime.

A North Carolina grand jury on Monday indicted a man on three counts of murder , in the fatal shooting of three Muslim students . Deah Shaddy Barakat, his wife Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha and her sister Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha were killed in a Chapel Hill condominium last week.

The video shows Hicks protesting that Deah Barakat; his wife, Yusor Abu-Salha; and her sister Razan Abu-Salha are using three parking spaces.

When Barakat responds that they're not taking any more spaces than condo rules allow, Hicks pulls a gun from his holster and fires several times.

After the phone drops to the floor inside the front door, the sounds of women screaming can be heard and then several more shots are heard.

Montgomery-Blinn remarked that "In 36 seconds, Mr. Hicks executed three people."

Hicks pleaded guilty to three counts of murder.

He also pleaded guilty to one count of shooting into an occupied dwelling.

The families of the victims said they believe Hicks acted with anti-Muslim hatred. They also said Hicks objected to the head scarves the women wore in observance of their faith.

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