From The Trussville Tribune staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — The trial for a man accused in a deadly shooting has been continued until Aug. 24, 2020.
Bryan Hancock, 22, is charged with capital murder in the March 28, 2019, death of Randy Dewayne Young. The trial was originally set for May 4, 2020, but prosecutors asked for it to be continued because a key witness will be out of town that week.
Young was shot in the head in the parking lot of the restaurant after a dispute over parking, according to both parties. However, Hancock’s attorneys claim the shooting was in self-defense. Attorney Richard S. Jaffe, with Jaffe, Hanle, Whisonant & Knight, P.C., said his client had no intention of harming anyone.
“As is often the case, once a full and fair hearing occurs, another side emerges as it did in this case,” Jaffe said. “As I said even before the release of the video, Bryan acted in self-defense. While sitting in the passenger seat of his friend’s truck, the deceased began to strike him in the face, and this is supported by eye witness testimony.”
Hancock was indicted by a grand jury on Oct. 11, 2019. According to court documents, the grand jury charged that Hancock intentionally caused the death of the victim by shooting him with a pistol, from a vehicle.
Jaffe said his client is no longer eligible for the death penalty, as previously reported. Jaffe also said the state has declared to the court they are not seeking the death penalty. Hancock is currently awaiting trial in the Jefferson County Jail.
Hancock is considered innocent until proven guilty.