Hearing set for guardsman in slaying of Alabama officer
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Hearing set for guardsman in slaying of Alabama officer

This booking photo released by the Auburn Police Department on Monday, May 20, 2019, in Auburn, Ala., shows Grady Wayne Wilkes. Wilkes, who opened fire on police responding to a domestic disturbance report, killing one officer and wounding two others, was arrested on Monday and charged with capital murder and attempted murder, authorities said. (Auburn Police Department via AP)

AUBURN, Ala. — A man suspected of killing one Alabama police officer and wounding two others is due in court for an initial hearing.

Security is expected to be tight as 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes appears in court in Lee County on Tuesday afternoon.

Wilkes was arrested Monday on charges of shooting three Auburn police officers who responded to a domestic disturbance call on Sunday.

Veteran officer William Buechner was killed. Authorities say the others are expected to recover.

Wilkes is charged with capital murder and other crimes, but court records show he doesn’t yet have a lawyer to speak on his behalf. A judge could appoint one during the hearing.

An Alabama National Guard spokesman says Wilkes has been a member since 2010. He’s an infantry combat leader.

Blake Paterson, The Associated Press

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