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Specialized defense lawyers to take on Brown case

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We now know more about how lawyers for the man accused of killing a State Trooper plan to move ahead with the case.

Russell Brown III faces several charges including capital murder of a police officer. On Monday, a Dinwiddie judge set Brown's next court date for June.

Leaving the courtroom, members of Brown's family leaned on each other for support. They are not saying anything more right now, but one of Brown's lawyers speaks to NBC12.

"I think they are people who have feelings and emotions and they need to be spoken with by people who represent Mr. Brown," said Joe Teffey, Brown's court appointed lawyer.

Brown was scheduled for a hearing, but that was continued because his defense team is growing.

Teffey is teaming up with the Virginia Capital Defender's office which is part of the Virginia Indigent Defense Commission.

Because the charges against Brown are so serious, by law he must have lawyers that specialize in capital murder cases. 

"We will have a whole team able to put forward the best effort for Mr. Brown," said Teffey.

In a previous court appearance, brown turned heads when he told the judge, quote, "Ya'll are going to execute me anyway." Teffey said he couldn't comment if Brown will undergo a mental evaluation.

Investigators say Brown shot and killed Master Trooper Junius Walker during a traffic stop on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie County. Troopers on scene say they saw brown fire his gun into the patrol car.

Meanwhile, a memorial continues to grow where Master Trooper Walker took his last breath.

Brown's next court date is scheduled for June 24th. He's being held at the Meherrin River Regional Jail. 

Prosecutors didn't want to comment on the case right now. They'll present all their evidence during the court date.

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