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Copper Top shooting suspect's trial to begin

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

It was almost a year ago, an armed man walked through the streets of Tuscaloosa on a shooting rampage, injuring more than a dozen people. Today, the trial begins for that suspect.

Court documents show today is the day Nathan Wilkins is set to begin trial in last summer's mass shooting in downtown Tuscaloosa that left at least 17 people injured.

Just last week, this case took a strange turn. Nathan Wilkins wrote a letter to the judge in the case asking for the death penalty and apologizing to everyone he hurt. Because no one died in the shooting, Wilkins does not qualify for the death penalty. In the letter, Wilkins says he never liked hearing about other criminals who would live in prison the rest of their lives, supported by taxpayers.

Wilkins has blamed prescription sleeping pills for what happened and he says he wishes this incident would bring attention to that issue.

The shooting happened at Temerson Square. Court documents say the suspect fired one shot into the Copper Top Bar and waited for people to run outside before he started firing again.

Wilkins is also a suspect in a shooting in Northport earlier that night, so he is facing 18 counts of attempted murder.

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