COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — A recent motion was granted in the case against Brian Lansing Martin according to online court documents.
Martin, 42, faces capital murder charges in connection with the shooting deaths of Sheffield Police Sergeant Nick Risner and William Mealback, Jr. in October 2021. He pleaded not guilty in April due to a illness or mental defect.
The motion, granted by Circuit Court Judge Jacqueline M. Hatcher, gives Martin permission to seek funds before the murder trial. Court documents cite Martin not having access to the type of funds that would allow him a fair and proper trial as the reasoning behind the recent filings.
Along with this, Martin says the possibility of being required to reveal his defense plan in the case would force information obtained from attorney-client interviews to be shown before trial, and, in a sense, “show his cards “.
These types of disclosures, according to court records, go “far beyond discovery permitted by Alabama law,” and forcing Martin to make these disclosures “would violate his right to present his case and prepare it in full.” confidentiality with a lawyer”.
Rebecca Green Thomason and Eddie Beason are currently listed as attorneys for Martin.
In January, Martin was charged in the deaths of Mealback and Risner. Martin faces 12 charges in total, including attempted murder and abuse of a corpse.
The state intends to seek the death penalty in this case.
Martin has been incarcerated in Morgan County Jail since early October for his own safety.
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