Judge: Kroger Shooting Suspect Incompetent To Stand Trial On State Charges

Posted at 4:45 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 16:45:33-04

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE 3) – The man accused of intentionally shooting two African-American shoppers in a Louisville Kroger has been ruled incompetent to stand trial.

According to WAVE 3 News, a judge ruled that Gregory Bush is not competent to stand trial on state charges.

Bush, 51, of Louisville was indicted in the deaths of Maurice E. Stallard and Vicki Lee Jones. He is charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.

Witnesses say that Bush also confronted a white bystander who had a gun but allegedly said: “Don’t shoot me. I won’t shoot you. Whites don’t shoot whites.”

Surveillance cameras appeared to show Bush at the door of the First Baptist Church of Jeffersontown minutes before going to Kroger. The church is a predominantly African-American church.

The judge said Bush is likely to regain competency after a 60-day stay with forced medication at Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center in La Grange.

There will be a status hearing July 24 to determine whether to proceed with charges. If Bush is still deemed incompetent following his stay, criminal charges cannot be pursued.

Bush is also facing federal hate crime charges