A Tearful Start to 'Critterman' Murder Trial As Testimony Begins


By Jessica Gertler

Testimony is underway in the capital murder trial of a former Montgomery doctor charged with hiring two cousins to kill a well-known animal trapper who many remember as "Skip the Critterman."

Family members broke down in tears when pictures of the dead body of their loved one, Ralph "The Critterman" McNeil, were shown to the jury. 

The defendant David Nash remained attentive, taking notes as investigators took the stand to present their evidence from the scene. 

Nash has been out on $1 million bond since last fall.

Ralph "The Critterman" McNeil was found in January 2011 in west Montgomery shot and stabbed to death.

In the opening arguments, prosecutors say Nash was in a relationship with McNeil's ex-fiance Serena English. They say the two conspired together to hire Kindall and Jeremy Riley to kill McNeil after McNeil tried getting partial custody of English and McNeil's son.

Prosecutors declined an interview, but Nash's attorney weighs in calling this trial "full of contradictions."

"There's irreconcilable differences that will be exposed during the cross examination of witnesses and co-defendants," says Nash's attorney Susan James. "We think at the end the truth will surface." 

James says English and Jeremy Riley will likely be taking the stand in this trail. No word if Nash will.

The death penalty has been taken off the table for Nash. Alabama News Network has not found out why, but we are continuing to get answers. 

Jeremy Riley and English have pleaded guilty to playing a part in the murder as part of a plea deal. As for Kindall Riley, a jury could not reach a verdict in his trial in April. A new trial for him has been scheduled for December. 



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