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Mahmoud Hindi, accused of killing two men at meeting, committed suicide in cell

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On the evening of September 6, 2012, Louisville Metro Police said Hindi shot and killed two men during a meeting of the Spring Creek Homeowners Association that was being held at Springdale Community Church. On the evening of September 6, 2012, Louisville Metro Police said Hindi shot and killed two men during a meeting of the Spring Creek Homeowners Association that was being held at Springdale Community Church.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man accused of gunning down two men during a homeowner's association meeting has committed suicide, according to Louisville Metro Corrections.

Dr. Mahmoud Hindi, who was awaiting trial for the alleged homicide, hanged himself in his cell with a bed sheet, Corrections Director Mark Bolton announced.

Corrections staff said Hindi was praying in his cell around 3:45 p.m. and was discovered hanging about 10 minutes later. Hindi was pronounced dead at 4:45 at University Hospital.

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On the evening of September 6, 2012, Louisville Metro Police said Hindi shot and killed two men during a meeting of the Spring Creek Homeowners Association that was being held at Springdale Community Church.  

Hindi was to stand trial for murder and wanton endangerment next July for the murders of Marvin Fisher and David Merritt.  A dispute over a fence and a half-driveway Hindi wanted to place on his property, led to the murders.

A little more than a year later, Fisher's wife of 44 years still finds it hard to cope.  She said hopefully Hindi's death will provide closure for all of the families involved.  "I think that the Lord stepped in," she said, "and saved all of us from a lot of more heartache."   

One of Hindi's former attorneys said the suicide proves what the defense has been saying all along about Hindi's mental state.  Lawyer Todd Lewis said, "'He's an individual who was obviously in need of a greater degree of treatment than the system offered him."  

Metro Corrections staff did attempt CPR on Hindi.  Metro Police's Public Integrity Unit is investigating, which is standard procedure for any death in the jail.

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