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Judge hears motions in murder-for-hire case

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A man accused of murder and trying to hire a hitman spent Wednesday afternoon inside a Colbert County courtroom. Derek Burt is charged with capital murder for the 2008 shooting death of Harry Ricks. Investigators said after his arrest, Burt tried to hire a hitman to kill two members of the Ricks family.

The hearing lasted more than an hour, during which time the Colbert County District Attorney and Burt's attorneys addressed multiple motions that had been filed in the case. The judge went through each individual motion, allowing attorneys from both sides to comment.

The more than a dozen motions focused mainly on discovery and procedures including a possible sequestration of jury members.

Burt could face the death penalty if convicted in the case. The trial is set to begin Oct. 7.

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