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Nathan Wilkins letter to the judge disturbed one of the victims in the Copper Top Bar shooting in Tuscaloosa last July. (abc3340.com) Nathan Wilkins letter to the judge disturbed one of the victims in the Copper Top Bar shooting in Tuscaloosa last July. (abc3340.com)
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   A letter written by the Coppertop shooting suspect in Tuscaloosa disturbs victim Bruce Bankhead.  "There's so many people right now that can't sleep because of him," stressed Bankhead.

   Wilkins allegedly shot bankhead an hour before shooting 17 others at the Coppertop Bar last July.  Police say Wilkins opened fire outside of Bankhead's home in Northport.  Bankhead believes "it was premeditated..."

   In the letter to the judge overseeing his case, Wilkins is asking for a new lawyer.  He says his current - court appointed attorney doesn't want to hear what he has to say.  He also says medication has wiped out any memory of events that lead to the charges he faces.  "I don't think he's crazy.  I think he may be stupid," said Bankhead.

    That's why Bankhead has decided to break his silence.

    He believes Wilkins is trying to prolong the case from going to trial.

    Bankhead spent more than  two months in the hospital.  He uses us a cane to get around and showed ABC 33/40 where multiple bullets entered his stomach and one exited his back.  "He hurt my children, he hurt me, he hurt my family. I can't walk right now.  He knocked on my door, with a weapon. He knew who he was asking for."

    As for what Wilkins is asking the Judge, Bankhead says,"for a judge to consider this -- that would be insane. For a judge to believe this -- that would be insane."

Click here to read the complete letter.

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