Southaven Walmart shooting suspect appears before a judge for first time

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – The man accused of killing two Southaven Walmart managers and injuring an officer made his first appearance in court by video Friday morning.

Martez Abram is accused of killing managers Brandon Gales and Anthony Brown. Authorities said Abram also shot an officer who was protected by his vest.

During the fatal Southaven shooting, Abram was shot by a responding officer. He was transported to Memphis for treatment from his injuries.

In court Friday morning, Abram did not appear in person but instead from a TV screen while lying in a hospital bed. The judge mentioned prior to the appearance that Abram had an additional surgery Thursday.

Friday’s appearance focused on his extradition back to Mississippi to face his murder charges. With his court-appointed attorney by his side, Abram waived extradition, but continues to be in hospital care.

“The authorities and the governor of the state of Tennessee, as what’s called the asylum state, where you are, Tennessee, has a duty and obligation to render up any prisoner being held at the request of a demanding state concerning an offense such as this murder. Do you understand?” Judge Louis Montesi responded.

Judge Montesi reset Abram’s extradition hearing to August 30th.

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