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May 2, 2013

Man seeks death penalty in Tuscaloosa bar shooting

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — 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.

Wilkins is jailed on 19 counts of attempted murder, which isn't eligible for the death penalty under Alabama law.

Authorities say Wilkins opened fire with an assault-style rifle at the Copper Top bar in Tuscaloosa last July.

Wilkins' trial is set for Monday, but it could be delayed.

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