Trial date postponed for Tuscaloosa bar shooting suspect

Trial date postponed for Tuscaloosa bar shooting suspect

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Nathan Wilkins. Source: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office Nathan Wilkins. Source: Tuscaloosa County Sheriff's Office
TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) -

The trial date for Nathan Wilkins, the suspect in a Tuscaloosa bar shooting, has been postponed until May.

Wilkins was indicted on 68 counts, including 18 counts of attempted murder, in a mass shooting in July 2012. He's accused of committing multiple crimes in the overnight hours of July 16 and 17, 2012.

Police say he set a former co-worker's car on fire in Northport, shot a man in Northport and later opened fire at the Copper Top bar in downtown Tuscaloosa, wounding 17 people. Wilkins is also accused of setting a fire at Capstone Drilling in Brookwood after the bar shooting.

Investigators said Wilkins' crimes may be in retaliation for his termination from his job at Capstone Drilling in 2012.

Wilkins has blamed prescription sleeping pills for what happened. In a letter he wrote last year to the judge, Wilkins apologized to the people he hurt and asked for the death penalty.

He is not eligible for the death penalty because no one died in the shooting.

Wilkins was set to go to trial on April 7, but his trial date was pushed back to May, according to Judge Brad Almond's office. There is no specific date available.

There was not a specific reason available for why it was pushed back to May. Wilkins' trial date has already been moved several times.

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