Chapel Hill shooting: Man accused of killing three Muslim students could face death penalty

Family of those killed say they were targeted because they were Muslim

Payton Guion
Tuesday 07 April 2015 08:18 BST

The man accused of killing three Muslim students in North Carolina could face the death penalty, a district court judge ruled on Monday.

Craig Stephen Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the 10 February shooting of 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat; his wife, 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha; and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha.

On Monday, Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson Jr said Mr Hicks is “death-penalty qualified”. The prosecutor in the case has indicated that he will seek the death penalty for Mr Hicks.

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