Man accused of stabbing Dr. Reddy in court for preliminary hearing

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Umar Dutt stands accused of stabbing Dr. Achutha Reddy more than 150 times in September of 2017.

In court on Thursday, he sat quietly.

A judge listened as the state made a case to go to trial on a charge of first-degree murder.

One employee at the office that day recalls Umar Dutt being asked to leave the office.

“Doctor (Reddy) told Umar, you’ve got to leave my office,'” said the woman. “But before leaving he asked Dr. Reddy, why does God always ask me to kill you?'”

That employee describes Dutt as agitated, but he left the office.

Then, she says Dr. Reddy went out to his car to get the rest of his lunch. She says he came back inside with Umar Dutt.

The employee says Dr. Reddy went into his office with Umar Dutt to give him some medication.

She explains that Dr. Reddy called out a short time later for help.

“And when I opened the door, Umar was standing there with the knife and doctor was behind the door and (near) the window. There was a whole lot of blood,”

Dutt is said by officers to have fled the office complex in a Toyota Camry. Officers say they found Dutt about 15 minutes later in the car and made the arrest.

One officer recalls what he claims Dutt said to him in the jail after the arrest.

“He said, do you think they will execute me?” said Officer Andrew Jansson with the Wichita Police Department.

The preliminary hearing will continue July 5th at 1:00 p.m. after defense attorneys gather more evidence the prosecution plans to introduce.

A judge will decide if there is enough evidence to take the case to trial.

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