Barbara Pass, who lives down the street from Hindi, said people were intimidated by him.
"He threatened people, he would say things like, 'You know I've got a gun and I just might use it.'"
Two of Hindi's brothers and one of his sons watched the brief arraignment via closed-circuit television in another room. They declined comment as they left the local jail where the hearing was held.
"The family is in a state of shock and disbelief as to what has happened," said Khalid Kahloon, another attorney representing Hindi. "This is a ... peace-loving, law-abiding family enjoying their American dream, and then it's shattered by this unfortunate and very tragic incident."
His attorneys asked the judge for a much lower bond. Kahloon called him a "complex man" who "is not a danger to the community in the sense that this crime is not a random, violent crime."
Kahloon cited another neighbor's favorable comments about Hindi. The neighbor, Marty Swiergosz, told The Courier-Journal that he got along well with Hindi and Hindi's family.
"It's real complex because they were nothing but good to me," Swiergosz said of the Hindi family. "They'd give us stuff out of their garden. He always wanted to feed our dogs. That was 98 percent of the time."
Swiergosz described Hindi as a "passionate man," but told the Louisville newspaper that he wouldn't repeat some things Hindi had said.
Prosecutor Joe Martz objected to lowering the bond.
"He is the epitome of danger to the community," Martz said at the arraignment.
The judge kept the bond at $1 million and set a pre-trial hearing for Sept. 14.
Hindi is a Jordanian-American citizen who worked in nuclear medicine, Kahloon said.
Hindi was unable to keep practicing medicine because of health problems — he recently had back surgery — and his medical license had expired, the attorney said.
Kahloon mentioned one other time when Hindi had a brush with the law, when he was given a traffic ticket in another county for exceeding the speed limit by 7 mph. Hindi had failed to appear for a hearing on the citation, resulting in a bench warrant, the attorney said.