Suspect in Hurtsboro, AL restaurant shooting indicted on capital murder

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HURTSBORO, AL (WTVM) – The suspect accused shooting and killing two people including a Hurtsboro restaurant owner in March 2018 appeared in court Friday morning.

Walter Thomas, 64, was arraigned in a Russell County courtroom. Thomas pleaded not guilty by mental disease or defect.

A grand jury has indicted the defendant and these cases are in circuit court through the Russell County District Attorney’s Office.

Thomas was indicted on capital murder and attempted murder charges for the shooting death of Donald Hughes, City Grill Cafe owner, and John Williams.

DONNIE HUGHES AND JOHN WILLIAMS DIED AFTER BEING SHOT INSIDE CITY GRILL CAFE
DONNIE HUGHES AND JOHN WILLIAMS DIED AFTER BEING SHOT INSIDE CITY GRILL CAFE (Source: PARKER BRANTON, WTVM)

The Russell County District Attorney’s Office says they are requesting a mental evaluation of the defendant at a Tuscaloosa, AL medical facility.

A trial date for Thomas has not been set.

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