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Accused Tuscaloosa gunman asks for new lawyer

A copy of Wilkins' letter to the judge A copy of Wilkins' letter to the judge
Nathan Wilkins Nathan Wilkins

A new letter filed by Nathan Van Wilkins is shedding some light on the case against him, and a possible defense.

Wilkins is accused in a violent crime spree in Tuscaloosa County in July. Police say he shot a man at an apartment complex in Northport on July 16th, then opened fire on the Copper Top bar in the early morning hours of July 17th. He's been in the Tuscaloosa County jail since that night, facing 18 counts of attempted murder, and dozens of counts of assault.

Last month, the 45 year old sent a letter to Judge Brad Almond, saying he needs a new lawyer, and has no memory of the crime.

"My name is Nathan V. Wilkins" he writes. "I am in jail because the medication I was prescribed made me suicidal."

"I'm awaiting trial on 19 counts of attempted murder and other charges I have no memory of. I tried to explain to my attorney about my medication." Wilkins goes on to say he was prescribed at least two medications that caused severe emotional problems, and that his attorney is ignoring him. "I do not understand the charges that I'm charged with, my lawyer doesn't seem to want to work with me or hear what I have to say. He keeps telling me I'm getting a life sentence. I feel like he's already got me convicted."

Wilkins asks for a new attorney at the end of the letter.

A trial date for Wilkins has not been set.

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