Colbert County Judge Issues Stern Warning: A Colbert County judge issued a stern warning to the man accused of killing Sheffield Police Sergeant Nick Risner during a tense hearing this afternoon.
Brian Martin, the murder suspect, faced a judge in a heated session at the Colbert County Courthouse.
The proceedings kicked off with Martin’s lawyers requesting him to be unshackled, surprising those present in the courtroom.
The judge carefully reviewed the motions and made it clear to the defense that he wouldn’t allow them to embark on a fishing expedition, seeking personnel records and years of policies and procedures from the Sheffield Police Department.
Expressing his determination not to let the courtroom turn into a circus, the judge firmly stated that he wouldn’t tolerate any theatrics. Martin responded audibly, declaring, “It already is.”
In response, the judge issued a direct warning to Martin, stating that one more word would lead to his removal from the court.
After the hearing, Martin had more to share with the cameras, alleging a cover-up regarding the body cams of Risner and Dotson, which he claimed were being withheld. He expressed feeling subjected to cruel and unusual punishment.
Despite Martin’s dissatisfaction with his court-appointed attorneys, it was confirmed today that they remain on the case, as revealed in previously filed court documents where Martin expressed his desire for new representation.
Off camera, the Risner family conveyed their satisfaction with the judge’s rulings today.
Looking ahead, the judge announced that the next hearing is scheduled for Spring 2024.