‘You’re fired’: Spokane Valley shooting suspect fires public defender during court appearance
SPOKANE, Wash. — A man slapped with murder charges in connection to two separate incidents in recent days fired his public defender during his first court appearance.
Brian Riley, 34, is accused of shooting a man in Spokane Valley, then leading deputies on a chase that ended in Spokane Sunday night. When he was arrested, authorities learned he had a warrant for his arrest stemming from a separate death investigation in Hillyard.
According to court documents, Riley is accused of helping 36-year-old Melissa Martin dispose of a man’s body in a freezer. Martin, who also made her first court appearance on Monday, is accused of shooting the man in the head and killing him.
Riley apparently didn’t agree with a judge’s decision to charge him with first-degree attempted murder in the Spokane Valley shooting. When he heard the charge in court, he said, “You’re fired. I don’t think I’ll be needing you anymore,” to his public defender.
Riley then told the judge he wanted it “on record” that he was strapped to a chair for four hours and put on suicide watch.
It is unclear if Riley intends to represent himself or hire a new lawyer. He pleaded not guilty and had his bond set at $500,000.
At last check, the victim was listed in critical condition with life-threatening injuries.
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