Man accused of killing Sheffield police officer in court on Friday; case bound over to Grand Jury
COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - The man accused of killing two including a Sheffield police officer was in court on Friday.
After nearly two hours, the judge bound the case over to the grand jury.
Brian Martin faces several charges including four counts of capital murder tied to the deaths of William Mealback and Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner. Previously, the Colbert County DA’s Office said it plans to pursue the death penalty against Martin.
According to Sheffield Police Chief Ricky Terry, Martin was booked into the Colbert County Jail after his arrest. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson told WAFF 48 News, Martin was then transported to the Morgan County Jail due to lack of room and safety concerns at the Colbert County Jail. Martin has been in the Colbert County Jail since then. He was transported to the Colbert County Courthouse on Friday morning.
“Two people dead over this one, for no reason at all,” said Colbert County District Attorney Bryce Graham.
Prosecutors called three witnesses to testify at Friday’s preliminary hearing. One witness was an officer involved in the police chase in October, thhe second was an investigator looking into Mealback’s murder, and the third was an SBI agent.
The Muscle Shoals police officer told the judge when he arrived at the scene, he saw the barrel of a gun and then shots were fire. After Martin was on the ground, the officer then raced to Sgt. Risner’s side.
“He had the opportunity at any time, show his hands or whatever, he would not stop for police for any reason whatsoever,” said Graham.
The investigator on Mealback’s portion of the case told the judge Mealback had a gunshot wound to the head when he was found laying in the middle of Avalon Ave in Muscle Shoals.
“He was shoved from a truck like a piece of trash,” said Graham.
The investigator said there were multiple eye witnesses who described the grey F-150 truck that Martin was allegedly driving. In testimony Friday, an agent said the truck and guns inside belonged to Mealback. 18 shell casings were inside the car. Investigators also found a backpack with multiple items with Martin’s name on it, connecting him to the crime.
The SBI agent testified that an officer saw Risner’s gun was never even taken out of his holster. There was also discussion of Martin’s recorded jail phone calls with his mother. Martin told her that Graham was out to get him and orchestrated everything.
Testimony revealed Martin also called Mealback’s “common law wife” from jail, and the investigator described their conversations as “awkward,”
Martin’s defense brought up how Martin could be insane numerous times. The next step in this case is headed to a grand jury.
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