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New court date set for man accused of killing Sgt. Nick Risner, William Mealback

Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM CDT
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SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WAFF) - A preliminary hearing has been set for the man accused of shooting and killing Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner and William Mealback on Oct. 1.

Brian Lansing Martin was scheduled to appear in court Monday, Oct. 25, but it was pushed to Dec. 3. He is currently being held at the Morgan County jail on several charges. Right now the Colbert County DA’s office is planning to pursue the death penalty.

Brian was appointed a new attorney on Oct. 14. Rebecca Green Thomason is now representing Martin, according to court documents. This comes after Shelia Morgan and Nathan Johnson both requested to be removed from the case.

Documents state the court reviewed a list of remaining approved attorneys and that Thompson had to be appointed outside of that list of attorneys since they all had conflicts of interest.

Another council will be appointed at a later date, according to the documents.

Martin is facing several charges including, four counts of capital murder, two counts of attempt to commit murder, two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, abuse of corpse and felon in possession of a firearm. The Colbert County DA’s Office said it plans to pursue the death penalty against Martin.

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