LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The man accused of shooting two people dead at a suburban grocery store has pleaded not guilty.
Gregory Bush was arraigned in front of a packed courtroom in downtown Louisville on Friday morning.
Bush, 51, allegedly shot a man inside the Kroger store in Jeffersontown on Oct. 24, then went outside and shot a woman in the parking lot. Both victims died where they were shot.
In front of the victims' loved ones Friday, Bush’s attorney acknowledged the pain the community is feeling, but said Bush has a right to his time in court.
“It’s particularly in times of loss and tragedy that our constitution and our laws are particularly tested," attorney Angela Elleman said. "Mr. Bush of course has the right to due process and a fair trial that we all are honored to have.”
Shortly after the shooting, a witness told WAVE 3 News that Bush, who is white, at one point said, “Whites don’t kill whites.”
Investigators later discovered that Bush, just minutes before the deadly rampage, was seen on surveillance video trying to break into a nearby church whose congregation is predominantly black.
Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine said this week that his office cannot formally apply a hate-crime charge. That must be done at the federal level. The FBI is among the agencies investigating the case, and could possible add a hate crime to the list of charges Bush faces.
Bush was taken into custody shortly after the shooting and has since been held on $5 million bond.
He faces two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and three counts of wanton endangerment.
One of the victims was 69-year-old Maurice Stallard, whose funeral was Tuesday.
The other victim, 67-year-old Vickie Lee Jones, will be laid to rest Saturday.