Hyderabad: Umar Rashid Dutt, who was arrested in connection the September 13 murder of psychiatrist Dr Achutha Reddy in Wichita, Kansas, was charged with first degree murder after being produced before court on Monday.
According to media reports from Wichita, Dutt appeared via closed circuit TV from the jail, wearing a yellow jumpsuit instead of the usual orange. This, the reports quoted jail authorities, was indicative of someone being monitored for mental health issues.
Dutt’s bond has been set at $1 million and his next appearance before court is scheduled for October 3.
Meanwhile, KSN.com said Dutt’s parents, Raj and Azra Dutt had issued a statement on Sunday, expressing their ‘sincere and heartfelt condolences’ to the family of Dr. Reddy.
They said their family too had ‘suffered in ways immeasurable and will continue to suffer the terrible toll and consequences of mental illness’.
The two also requested the public to respect their privacy while they tried to ‘comprehend the tragedy’.
Dr Reddy was stabbed multiple times in and outside his clinic last week, leading to his death on the spot. The suspect, Umar Rashid Dutt, who was a patient of Dr Reddy, was held soon after from near a club in Wichita.
Dr Reddy, who was practicing in Wichita since 1989, was an alumni of Osmania Medical College and hailed from Miryalaguda of Nalgonda district.