Preliminary hearing continues in murder of Wichita psychiatrist

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The preliminary hearing will continue for the man accused of killing a Wichita psychiatrist last year.

Umar Dutt is charged with first degree murder in the stabbing death of Dr. Achutha Reddy on September 13, 2017.

Dutt sat quietly as prosecutors brought out several witnesses, including two staff members of the Holistic Psychiatric Services clinic.

"Doctor always trusted everyone of his patients and he said, 'They need help and I'm there to help them. That's all.' That was his nature. He was always helping, especially children," said a staff member.

Dutt was a long time patient of Dr. Reddy and had weekly appointments to receive treatments on Mondays.

"I had mentioned to Dr. Reddy that I had noticed that Umar had started to lose a lot of weight on Monday when he was there. He told me that he thought he was using methamphetamines again," said Brenda Trammel, psychologist. 

During the hearing, Dutt appeared to write notes to his attorney as witnesses recounted the events leading up to the stabbing.

Staff members said Dutt unexpectedly showed up at the clinic where Dr. Reddy reminded him that he gets treatment only once a week.

"Before leaving, he asked doctor, 'Why God always ask me to kill you?' Doc was taken aback and said, 'If you're going to talk like that, I'm going to discontinue services and I will not be seeing you anymore.' And he apologized. He said 'I'm so sorry doctor. I won't talk to you anymore like that.' And he left," said the staff member.

Investigators said that same day, Dutt stabbed the doctor more than a hundred times before being found bloody in his car about three miles away from the clinic.

Dutt's defense attorney wants more time to review cell phone evidence before proceeding.

The preliminary hearing will continue on July 5 at 1:30 p.m. in Judge Joe Kisner's courtroom.

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