TUSCUMBIA ‑ The murder trial of Brian Martin continued this morning with the defense presenting its case, with plans to have Martin take the stand this afternoon.
Martin is accused in the May 11, 2011, fatal shooting of his father, Donice “BooBoo” Scott, outside Scott’s Tuscumbia residence.
Martin admits to the shooting at the 1011 E. Second St. residence, but claims it was in self-defense after Scott attacked him with a sword.
Prosecutors rested their case at the end of the second day of testimony Wednesday. The defense was expected to begin presenting its case at 9 a.m. today in presiding Colbert County Circuit Court Judge Hal Hughston’s courtroom.
Attorney Billy Underwood, who, along with attorney Jeff Barksdale, is representing Martin, said his client will testify on his own behalf today.
“There’s no way we wouldn’t claim self-defense without putting him on the stand,” Underwood said.Martin used his cellphone to record the incident when he drove up to Scott’s home after the men agreed Scott would pay money he owed his son.