Suspect in deadly I-71 shooting pleads not guilty

Suspect in deadly I-71 shooting pleads not guilty
Christopher L. McCullum (Source: LMDC)
Christopher L. McCullum (Source: LMDC)
Mukhtar Ahmed (Source: Family attorney)
Mukhtar Ahmed (Source: Family attorney)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A man charged with murder for the shooting death of driver on Interstate 71 on Wednesday pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday morning.

Christopher L. McCullum, 43, of Louisville, is accused of firing a fatal shot into an SUV driven by Mukhtar Ahmed, 41, as the two drove separate vehicles on southbound I-71 near the Gene Snyder Freeway around 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Investigators believe the deadly shooting was a random act of road rage.

McCullum was taken into custody Wednesday afternoon on an exit ramp from Interstate 64 to Blankenbaker Parkway after the white Ford van police had been searching for in connection to Ahmed's death was spotted. McCullum was behind the wheel.

The shooting shutdown both southbound lanes and one northbound lane of I-71 for hours while police investigated.

Bond for McCullum was set at $100,000 cash. he was ordered to have no contact with the family of the victim or to possess a firearm.

McCullum will be back in court on March 9.

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