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Brian Martin’s lawyer requests additional funds to hire private investigator


COLBERT COUNTY, Alabama – The lawyer for the man charged with the shooting murder of a Sheffield police officer is asking the court for funds to pay a private investigator.

Brian Martin is charged with capital murder in the deaths of Sergeant Nick Risner and William Mealback, Jr. in October.

Martin is accused of killing William Mealback Jr., in Muscle Shoals, and shooting two officers in a shootout shortly after. This resulted in Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner being seriously injured and later dying at Huntsville Hospital.

Martin’s attorney filed a motion on Monday, stating several reasons why a private investigator is needed, including the number of witnesses to be sought and because the case could result in Martin’s death sentence.

Here are the documents submitted by Martin’s lawyer:

Other reasons include that Martin does not have the equity to afford to hire a private investigator, the amount of evidence, and the protection Martin needs.

The judge has yet to rule on the petition.

Recently, the judge rejected an earlier request by Martin’s attorney to limit the media to his trial, after his attorney filed motions to block any broadcasts, recordings or photographs of his future court proceedings and prevent trial participants. to comment on or disclose information to members of the media.

Sheffield Police Department Lt. Max Dotson, injured in the October shooting, won a lawsuit against Martin earlier this month after it was revealed he had carried out private investigative work for Martin in 2019.

Martin is due in court on December 3.


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