Hartselle chiropractor accused of poisoning wife appears in court Monday

Hartselle man released on bond for attempted murder charge
Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 5:41 PM CDT|Updated: Nov. 14, 2022 at 10:36 AM CST
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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WAFF) - A Hartselle that was arrested in September for allegedly poisoning his wife appeared in court on Monday.

Brian Mann, a local chiropractor, is accused of intentionally poisoning his wife. Mann was arrested on Sept. 2.

According to court documents, Mann was arrested on Sept. 15 for failure to appear in court.

In an Oct. 24 hearing, a judge denied the defense’s motion to reduce bond and granted the prosecution’s motion to revoke bond.

In court on Monday, Mann’s defense attorneys requested that his bond be reduced from $500,000 to $250,000.

According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office, Mann’s bond was revoked because he did not turn over his passport. Mann was expected to turn over his passport as a condition of his bond. The judge deemed Mann was a flight risk because of an issue with his passport.

Hartselle Police Department officers testified that Mann never said anything about losing his passport when he turned in his guns. Body cam footage was shown in court to show that Mann did not mention missing his passport to officers in September.

Mann’s defense attorneys stated that the passport has been flagged and could not be used by Mann even if he still had it in his possession. The judge denied the defense’s motion because nothing has been released by the state after Mann sent a letter regarding his passport. Until the judge gets a copy of the letter or Mann’s passport, the motion is denied.

As part of Brian Mann’s bond agreement, he must stay in the state, pay $40 per month to a Pre-Trial Release Officer, be electronically monitored, have no contact with the victim and be drug tested eight times per month.

According to a divorce complaint filed in March 2022 by Brian Mann’s wife, Hannah Mann, the couple has been married for five years and have two children together.

The complaint also reads that Hannah Mann was admitted into the University of Alabama Hospital on Jan. 18, 2022, and diagnosed with lead poisoning. Hannah remained in the hospital until March 3.

In paragraph 5 of Hannah Mann’s complaint, it states that Brian was only able to see their children under supervision as ordered by DHR. He was not able to see them during the investigation of the poisoning and Hannah has since moved with the children to an apartment.

In Brian Mann’s answer and counterclaim, filed in April 2022, to Hannah Mann’s complaint, he agreed that Hannah reported him to the police and there was an investigation into him.

Brian’s counterclaim to paragraph 5 of Hannah’s complaint reads as follows:

“That the Defendant can neither admit nor deny the allegations contained in Paragraph Five of the Petitioner’s Complaint, as the Defendant is not the proper party and/or individual to have possession of the referenced information; however, the Defendant admits that the Plaintiff was hospitalized, but demands strict proof of the other statements contained in Paragraph Five of the Plaintiff’s Complaint.”

In that same counterclaim, Brian Mann says that he has been the “primary emotional and physical support” for the children. The statement reads as follows:

“The Defendant consistently was employed full-time, contributed to the support of the parties’ minor children and household expenses, cooked for the parties’ minor children, was solely responsible for the emotional support of the parties’ minor children, and was primarily responsible for the physical and scholastic well-being of parties’ minor children.”

Brian Mann also believes that Hannah Mann’s mother pushed the complaint so that she can “attempt to control the minor children’s religious upbringing.”

In his counterclaim, Brian Mann says that Hannah Mann is not physically or emotionally able to care for the children and that he should be the legal guardian of the children.

The case is ongoing and this story will be updated when there is more information.