Court appoints new defense attorney for Brian Martin

Brian Lansing Martin
Brian Lansing Martin(Morgan County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 14, 2021 at 3:55 PM CDT
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SHEFFIELD, Ala. (WAFF) - The man who is suspected of killing Sheffield Police officer Nick Risner has been appointed a new attorney.

Rebecca Green Thomason is now representing Martin, according to court documents filed on Tuesday. This comes after Shelia Morgan and Nathan Johnson both requested to be removed from the case.

In the court document, it states that after the court reviewed the remaining approved attorney’s it had to appoint her outside of the approved list of attorneys since they all had conflicts of interest.

Another counsel will be appointed at a later date, according to the documents. It also states that since the preliminary hearing is set for next week, October 25, if Thomason needs more time they will delay the hearing.

Martin is facing several charges including, four counts of capital murder, two counts of attempt to commit murder, two counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle, abuse of corpse and felon in possession of a firearm. The Colbert County DA’s Office said it plans to pursue the death penalty against Martin.

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