Tuscaloosa bar shooting Nathan Van Wilkins


A man accused of injuring 18 people in a shooting at a Tuscaloosa bar says he wants the death penalty.

The Tuscaloosa News (http://bit.ly/12qW7lR ) reports that 45-year-old Nathan Wilkins made the request in a letter written to a judge.

Wilkins writes that it used to make him mad to have to pay taxes to support people sentenced to life.

Wilkins says he doesn't want to spend the rest of his life behind bars, and he's asking the judge for a death sentence.


A trial date has been set for a man accused in a July 2012 shooting that left 18 people injured at a Tuscaloosa bar.

Nathan Van Wilkins is accused of opening fire on patrons at the Copper Top bar in July 2012. The Tuscaloosa News Tuesday reported (http://bit.ly/16KjBXn ) he's scheduled to appear in court May 6. The man is also accused to shooting a man at a house in Northport and setting fire to his former workplace and the house of his former co-worker.


(Information in the following story is from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com)

The 45-year-old man accused of opening fire on a bar in downtown Tuscaloosa says he does not remember the incident because of medications he was taking at the time.

The Tuscaloosa News reports Nathan Van Wilkins claims to have no memory of using an assault rifle to shoot at 18 people with an assault rifle at the Copper Top bar in Temerson Square.