Judge denies motion to restrict media coverage of Brian Lansing Martin case

COLBERT COUNTY, Ala. – A judge ruled largely in favor of the media and the public over restrictive motions filed on behalf of a man accused of killing two, including a Sheffield police officer.

The lawyer of the accused killer Brian Lansing Martin moved to block any transmission, recording or photography of his future legal proceedings and to prohibit the trial participants from commenting on information or giving it to the media.

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Martin is charged with killing William Mealback Jr. in Muscle Shoals and later shooting two officers in a shootout on October 1, including Sheffield Police Sgt. Nick Risner, who later died in Huntsville Hospital.

Colbert County District Court Judge Chad Coker ruled that while the use of cameras was never allowed in the Colbert County District Court, they can be used outside the courtroom and on court grounds as long as they do not interfere with operations.

Since the trial is in public, Judge Coker ruled that the media and other citizens should be given every right to be present at the trial.

Judge Coker cautiously denied the motion to ban comments in the media, urging anyone who testifies “to carefully assess the impact of their comments, whether in the media and / or on social media, on the pending proceedings check. ”

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Martin faces 10 charges, including four cases of capital murder in the deaths of Sgt. Risner and William Mealback, Jr.

Sheffield Police Lt. Max Dotson was also shot and has filed a lawsuit against Martin alleging that Martin’s actions caused him physical harm, emotional distress, and emotional distress.

Martin’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for December 3rd. He is being held in the Morgan County Jail.

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