Accused Walmart killer faces judge from hospital bed

Accused Walmart killer set to face judge Friday

SOUTHAVEN, Miss. (WMC) - Day after day, the court hearing for the accused Southaven Walmart killer has been rescheduled as Martez Abram recovers in the hospital.

Abram remains in the hospital after being shot by police, but a solution was found.

Abram appeared via video arraignment Friday morning from his hospital bed.

Abram was originally set to have his initial court appearance via Facetime, but those plans were canceled.

Abram asked about extradition, and asked for more time to decide whether to waive it or not. The judge reset the hearing for August 30.

Mississippi District Attorney John Champion said he is getting a governor warrant ready for extradition, but that cannot go through until doctors approve Abram’s release.

Abram was rushed to the hospital on July 30 after he was shot by Southaven Police. He’s charged with two counts of murder for shooting two Walmart employees, 38-year-old Brandon Gales and 40-year-old Anthony Brown, on that same day.

Since Abram remains in the hospital, his initial court appearance has been rescheduled more than eight times.

Abram’s attorney told Judge Montesi that Abram may not be able to appear until next month, but he wants to get the hearing done before that and get the extradition process back to Mississippi going.

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