North Carolina: Plea expected in 3 Muslim students’ slayings

The North Carolina man charged with killing three much-admired Muslim university students is expected to enter a plea more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry.

Craig Hicks was expected Wednesday in court in Durham.

A judge could hear evidence about what prompted the February 2015 shootings in Chapel Hill. Police said Hicks claimed the confrontation stemmed from competition for parking spaces at the condominium complex where they all lived.

FILE - In a March 14, 2017 file photo, Craig Hicks, center, charged with the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C., sits with attorneys Terry Alford, left, and Steve Freedman  in a Durham County courtroom. Hicks is expected to enter a plea Wednesday, June 12, 2019, more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry.(Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP, File)
FILE – In a March 14, 2017 file photo, Craig Hicks, center, charged with the murder of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, N.C., sits with attorneys Terry Alford, left, and Steve Freedman in a Durham County courtroom. Hicks is expected to enter a plea Wednesday, June 12, 2019, more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry.(Chris Seward/The News & Observer via AP, File)

The families of 23-year-old University of North Carolina dental student Deah Barakat; his 21-year-old wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her 19-year-old sister Razan Abu-Salha said they believe Hicks acted with anti-Muslim hatred.

The victims were planning to visit Turkey later in 2015 to volunteer in a dental clinic at a camp for Syrian war refugees.

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Durham Sheriff's Office shows Craig Hicks. Hicks has been charged with the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in January 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. Hicks is expected to enter a plea Wednesday, June 12, 2019, more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry   (Durham Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
FILE – This undated photo provided by the Durham Sheriff’s Office shows Craig Hicks. Hicks has been charged with the shooting deaths of three young Muslims in January 2015 in Raleigh, N.C. Hicks is expected to enter a plea Wednesday, June 12, 2019, more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry (Durham Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)
FILE - In a February 2015 file photo, Namee Barakat hugs a female relative during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., about the death of his son, Deah, his daughter-in-law and her sister. Barakat said the death penalty
FILE – In a February 2015 file photo, Namee Barakat hugs a female relative during a news conference in Raleigh, N.C., about the death of his son, Deah, his daughter-in-law and her sister. Barakat said the death penalty “would not be enough” for Craig Hicks, the man charged with murdering the three Muslim students. Hicks is expected to enter a plea Wednesday, June 12, 2019, more than four years after the slayings, which the victims’ families blamed on bigotry.(AP Photo/Allen G. Breed, File)

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