Man charged in deadly Olathe bar shooting pleads guilty to 3 counts of murder

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

Adam Purinton

OLATHE, Kan. — The man accused in a possible hate crime shooting at an Olathe bar pleaded guilty to three counts of premeditated first-degree murder Tuesday.

With his guilty plea, Adam Purinton, 52, admits to killing an Indian national and wounding two other men in a February 2017 shooting at Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe.

Witnesses said Purinton, who is white, yelled racial slurs before he fatally shot Srinivas Kuchibhotla and wounded Alok Madasani. A third man, Ian Grillot, was injured by gunfire when he tried to intervene. Kuchibhotla and Madasani were engineers at GPS-maker Garmin.

After the guilty plea was entered in court, Sunayana Dumala, the wife of Kuchibhotla, released the following statement:

Today’s guilty verdict in the murder of my husband will not bring back my Srinu, but it will send a strong message that hate is never acceptable. We must understand and love one another. Please join me this Friday March 9 – Srinu’s birthday – to peacefully walk together in his memory. Let us continue to work for peace, understanding and love-the things Srinu stood for and will be his legacy.


Victims shot at Austins Bar & Grill on February 22: Srinivas Kuchibhotla – Alok Madasani – Ian Grillot.
Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed.

“’You’re gonna stick up for them, and not me?’” Grillot recalled Purinton saying. “And that’s when I kind of knew what he was insinuating.”

That insinuation Grillot understood was about the color of Srinivas and Alok’s skin.

After the shooting, Purinton drove to a restaurant in Clinton, Missouri, where a bartender called police after Purinton allegedly told him about the shooting. Listen to the bartender’s 911 call here.

Purinton also faces federal hate crime charges.

He will be sentenced May 4, 2018 at 3 p.m. for the three premeditated first-degree murder charges he pleaded guilty to.

The state of Kansas does not differentiate for attempted murder in official charges, which is why Purinton faces three counts of premeditated first-degree murder, even though only one victim passed away.

Download the fox4kc app and be sure to sign up under “alerts” for “push notifications” so you don’t miss any breaking news that happens around town FOX 4 Android app | FOX 4 iPhone app

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.