Man charged in Tuscaloosa shooting sends letter to judge

This booking photograph released by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department shows Nathan Van Wilkins, 44, who was charged in an early morning shooting that left 17 people injured in a bar in Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. Police said Wilkins was charged initially with one count of attempted murder, but other charges will be filed. (AP Photo/Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Department)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) – Nathan Wilkins, the man accused of opening fire at the Copper Top bar in Tuscaloosa and injuring 18 people, wrote a letter to the judge presiding over his case stating that he cannot get a fair trial in Tuscaloosa.

Wilkins is charged with 19 counts of first degree assault and 17 counts of second degree assault for the July 2012 shooting at Temerson Square in Tuscaloosa.

In the letter, Wilkins states that he believes he cannot receive a fair trial in Tuscaloosa because his lawyer has “already convicted and sentenced [Wilkins] to life in his mind.”

In addition, Wilkins says he wants to tell all of those involved that he is sorry, and he wishes the incident would bring attention to prescription sleeping pills, such as Ambien.

His trial is set to begin on May 6, 2013.

To view the entire letter, click here: Nathan Wilkins’ letter to Judge Almond

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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