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State will seek the death penalty in Bass trial

Published: Sep. 21, 2021 at 2:29 PM CDT
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DECATUR, Ala. (WAFF) - A double murder suspect, who was wanted by Huntsville and Decatur police for murders in each city, will now face the death penalty at his trial.

Ricardo Bass is on trial for two murders in Decatur after he was charged with killing Mark Allen Nicholson and Jeffrey Carden.

Bass was arrested after he was spotted by U.S. Marshals in the area of Highway 20 and County line road in Madison County in August.

Ricardo Bass said in his official statement to investigators that he shot and killed Nicholson out of self-defense. The lead investigator disagrees, and says surveillance video from the Wavaho gas station where Nicholson was killed shows that isn’t the case.

The lead investigator says the video showed Nicholson getting shot in the ankle and then the chin. Investigators say it shows Bass walking away from his victim, then turning around and walking back, flipping Nicholson’s body over and taking possessions out of his pocket before driving away.

Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson says Nicholson’s family is distraught.

”Mr. Nicholson’s parents, they were at the hearing today and I mean you can just imagine....I don’t care how old you are or how old your children are, you love them and your children are never supposed to go first, especially in a tragic violent action like this. Just given the nature of the offense, the manner in which it was carried out, just the complete and utter disregard and respect for life, I think that the death penalty in this case is justified,” said Anderson.

Anderson says he hopes Bass’s case will go to trial here within two years. The capital murder charge in Madison County would be a different trial.

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