— MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted a former physician and three others on capital murder charges in the killing of a well-known Montgomery animal trapper.
Deputy District Attorney John Kachelman said Tuesday indictments were returned against former physician David Nash, Serenna English, and cousins Jeremy and Kindall Riley in connection with the 2011 killing of Ralph McNeil. He trapped nuisance animals and was known in the Montgomery area for ads calling him the "Critter Man."
Kachelman said prosecutors plan at this time to seek the death penalty against all four because of the aggravating circumstances of the killing. McNeil was found shot and stabbed near his burning truck and trailer in Montgomery.
Nash surrendered his medical license in 2005 after being accused of giving fake flu shots during flu clinics in Montgomery in 2004 and 2005.
Nash, 54, was engaged to English, 34, when the killing occurred on Jan. 18, 2011. They are accused of hiring the Rileys to kill McNeil because English and McNeil were engaged in a custody dispute over a child they had together.
Jeremy Riley is the only one of four who has been arraigned, and he entered a not guilty plea.
Nash is accused of supplying payments to the Rileys. Nash's attorney, Jeff Duffey, said he plans to plead not guilty at his arraignment.
Duffey, who has had been a defense attorney for former Gov. Don Siegelman and several other high-profile clients, said it is unusual to see a former doctor face the possibility of a death sentence. "This is a bizarre case," he said.
Kindall Riley, 20, was also charged with capital murder in another killing at a Montgomery nightclub, but his attorney in that case, Richard Keith, said the grand jury reduced it to murder.
Jeremy Riley, 22, was on probation when McNeil was killed. Riley pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a 2008 killing and received an 18-month sentence.
The prosecutor said the Rileys face three counts of capital murder: one for a killing for hire, another for a killing during arson, and another for a killing during a robbery. Nash and English each face on count of capital murder for a killing for hire.