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Bessemer bank teller murder suspect to use insanity defense

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The man charged with murdering two Wachovia bank tellers in Bessemer in 2007 plans to use the insanity defense.

William Merriweather is accused of shooting Wachovia Bank tellers Eva Hudson and Sheila Prevo to death during a robbery on May 14, 2007.

He is also charged with shooting tellers Anita Gordon and Latoyah Freeman.

Freeman survived a gunshot wound to the hand and despite being shot in the head, Gordon pulled through.

"I told him, I have the keys, here are the keys and by the time he came to get the keys, he shot me. And all I remember is me slowly hitting my head and going down in a pool of blood," recalled Anita Gordon during an interview with Alabama's 13 in January of this year.

In a court pleading filed late Monday, Merriweather's attorneys told Judge David Proctor that, "the defendant intends to rely upon the defense of insanity at the time of the alleged offense, and that the defendant intends to introduce expert testimony relating to a mental disease or defect or mental condition of the defendant which bears upon the issue of guilt."

Judge Proctor heard arguments on Merriweather's competency to stand trial in back in July 2011.

Earlier this year, Gordon and Freeman expressed their frustration with how long it was taking for Merriweather's case to go to court.

"It's been long enough. I am tired. And I am getting frustrated and I am getting angry, and that's not going to help any. That's why I asked you to help. Put it out there. Let the world know that justice has not been served," Gordon concluded during the original interview.

A few days after our interviews with the surviving victims aired in January, Judge Proctor ruled that Merriweather was competent to stand trial.

Merriweather is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail.

His trial is scheduled to begin on January 13, 2014.


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