TUSCUMBIA — The trial of a Sheffield man charged with the 2011 shooting death of his father begins today.
Jury selection in the murder trial of Brian Lansing Martin, 33, 1564 Fray Ave., is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. in Colbert County Circuit Judge Hal Hughston’s courtroom.
Opening arguments aren’t expected to begin until late this afternoon or early Tuesday morning.
Martin is accused of shooting Donice “BooBoo” Scott at Scott’s house, 1011 E. Second St., Tuscumbia. Scott, 51, who was shot in the chest, died at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield, officials said.
Police said the shooting took place around 9:30 p.m. on May 11, 2011.
On the night of the shooting, Martin told police he killed his father in self-defense, according to reports.
Red Bay attorney Jeff Barksdale, who along with Tuscumbia attorney Billy Underwood is representing Martin, said his client continues to maintain his innocence.
Martin was not arrested at the time of the shooting but was arrested in August after the case was presented to a grand jury in Colbert County, where he was indicted.
At the time of the arrest, Underwood said he was surprised his client was indicted.
Tuscumbia Police Chief Tony Logan said the shooting was apparently the result of an ongoing domestic situation between Scott and his son.
Reports indicate Martin told police he went to his father’s residence to get a cable television box that Martin said was his and to collect money owed to him by his father.
He told police that when he arrived, Scott met him at the door with a sword and Martin shot him in self-defense.
Police discovered Scott’s body near the edge of the driveway about 25 feet from the front door.
He was shot with a .40-caliber pistol that police recovered at the scene.
Investigators said Martin and a neighbor were with Scott’s body when officers arrived and that the neighbor was performing CPR.
Murder is a Class A felony and is punishable 10 years to life in prison if convicted.
Martin is out of jail on bail totaling $75,000.
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