‘You’re fired’: Spokane Valley shooting suspect fires public defender during court appearance

Brian Riley, accused of shooting a man in Spokane Valley and assisting in disposing of a body in a different care, appears in court.
Brian Riley, accused of shooting a man in Spokane Valley and assisting in disposing of a body in a different case, appears in court. Copyright 4 News Now

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.

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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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