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Colbert Co. murder suspect could face death penalty

He is accused in a deadly Muscle Shoals home invasion back in 2008. He is accused in a deadly Muscle Shoals home invasion back in 2008.
COLBERT COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

An accused killer in the Shoals, Derek Burt, could face the death penalty.

He is accused in a deadly Muscle Shoals home invasion back in 2008.

After he was arrested in 2012, police said he sent a letter to friends, trying to get them to kill potential witnesses.

Burt was supposed to be arraigned on the solicitation charges Wednesday afternoon, but there was a mix-up in which of his attorneys would represent him on that case, causing it to be continued.

However, there was an announcement that the district attorney is planning to seek the death penalty if Burt is convicted of capital murder.

Before court went into session, the judge met with Burt's attorneys and the DA to discuss scheduling and hearing dates.

He assured Burt nothing said behind closed doors pertained to information other than dates and times.

A trial date has not been set.

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