Westerville grieves slain officers; criminal charges filed against 2


Quentin L. Smith, 30, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder. Smith, who was shot five times, is in stable condition at a Columbus area hospital and is expected to survive his wounds, said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. O’Brien added that Smith is eligible for the death penalty — an option that will be reviewed as the case proceeds.

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In plea deal, prosecutors dismiss attempted murder charge filed against Eugene man arrested in stabbing case – The Register


A Eugene man who successfully argued for a chance to offer his self-defense claim to a grand jury that charged him with attempted murder pleaded guilty Friday to less-serious offenses.

Jimmy Warren Calhoun, 51, was sentenced to four years of probation and 45 days in jail after pleading guilty in Lane County Circuit Court to charges of attempted second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief.

Eugene police arrested Calhoun on the night of Oct. 5 after a 39-year-old woman was stabbed in her abdomen. During the incident, Calhoun was “beat pretty good” by two men who were with the stabbing victim, prosecutor Chris Parosa said in court.

A grand jury subsequently returned an indictment charging Calhoun with attempted murder, second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief.

Calhoun pleaded not guilty to those charges, and asserted that the stabbing occurred while he was being beaten during the neighborhood dispute.

He then asked a judge to allow him to tell his side of the story to the grand jury. Parosa didn’t object to the request, and the judge ruled that state law does give a defendant the right to testify during secret grand jury proceedings.

Parosa said Friday after the

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First-degree murder charge filed in possible hate crime shooting at Olathe’s Austins bar


An Olathe man who reportedly told two strangers — Garmin engineers originally from India — to “get out of my country” before he shot them in an Olathe bar was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of one of the victims.

Adam W. Purinton, 51, allegedly shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla, 32; Alok Madasani, 32, of Overland Park, and another bar patron, 24-year-old Ian Grillot of Grandview.

Kuchibhotla died at a hospital after the 7:15 p.m. shooting in Austins Bar Grill near 151st Street and Mur-Len Road.

Purinton also is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shootings of Madasani and Grillot. Witnesses said Grillot was shot after he intervened.

Madasani was released Thursday from a hospital, where Grillot is improving. The two even talked with each other Thursday.

In a video released by the University of Kansas Health System, Grillot spoke about how he jumped at the shooter.

“It wasn’t right, and I didn’t want the gentleman to potentially go after somebody else,” Grillot said. (See sidebar.)

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe announced the charges against Purinton during a press conference at Olathe police headquarters.

He was joined by federal law enforcement officials

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