A grand jury has indicted the man accused of killing three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Craig Hicks, 46, was indicted on three counts of first-degree murder, according to the Durham County Clerk’s office. He was also charged with discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.
Police said “an ongoing neighbor dispute over parking” might have been a factor in last week’s shootings but also said they weren’t dismissing the possibility of a hate crime.
On what is believed to be Hicks’ Facebook page, numerous posts rail against religion. The victims’ family members have called on authorities to investigate the slayings as a hate crime.
The FBI is looking into that possibility.
Hicks is expected to make his first appearance after the grand jury indictment in Superior Court the first week of March.