At the short hearing, alleged shooter Adam Purinton, 51, sat quietly, wearing an orange jumpsuit and looking haggard, his hair scraggly, sometimes whispering to his attorney.
Purinton is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Mr Kuchibhotla, 32. He is also charged with two counts of attempted murder for wounding Alok Madasani, 32, and an American, Ian Grillot, 24, who tried to intervene.
The incident raised concerns in India and highlighted a spike in hate speech and alleged hate crimes in America in recent months.
The appearance was Purinton's second since the February 22 shootings at Austin's Bar and Grill in Olathe, a Kansas City suburb. Another hearing was scheduled to be held in May to determine a schedule for more hearings and a trial.