Man Pleads Guilty in 2017 Stabbing Death of Indian American Psychiatrist Achutha Reddy in Wichita
A memorial page had been set up on Facebook to pay homage to Indian American psychiatrist Achutha Reddy (top, 2nd from right, in photo with family), who was fatally stabbed in his Wichita, Kansas clinic. (Facebook memorial page photo)
WICHITA, Kan. — A 25-year-old man has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2017 death of an Indian American Wichita doctor who was stabbed more than 160 times.
Umar Dutt entered the plea Sept. 21, admitting to killing 57-year-old Dr. Achutha Reddy on Sept. 13, 2017, behind Reddy’s psychiatrics office, television station KAKE reported.
Prosecutors have said police were called to the Holistic Psychiatric Services clinic that night and found Reddy’s body in an alley outside the business. Investigators said Dutt had entered the clinic with Reddy and assaulted the doctor inside an office before being interrupted by an office manager who heard the commotion. Reddy then fled the building, but Dutt caught up with him in the alley.
Investigators had said Dutt was a client of Reddy’s and that Reddy had been stabbed about 165 times. The doctor also appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma and may have been run over by a vehicle.
Dutt was found covered in blood sitting in a vehicle in the parking lot of the Wichita Country Club after the attack, police said.
Dutt is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 9.
India-West Staff Reporter adds from an earlier India-West report: Lt. Todd Ojile, section commander of the homicide division at the Wichita Police Department, told India-West shortly after the attack that no motive had been established for Dutt’s slaying of Reddy. (See earlier story: https://bit.ly/2FKQGMw)
Dutt had been a patient of Reddy’s, who was a specialist in absolute yoga, a type of yoga that connects mind, body and breath and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
Dutt was tracked down to a local country club by police, after a call from a security guard who told 911 a young man was sitting outside the club in his car with blood all over his clothes. Local news reports said Dutt had attempted to buy a gun several days before the stabbing.