State still intends to seek death penalty in 2017 Albany murder case

Jesse Brown Junior (Source: WALB)
Jesse Brown Junior (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The judge in a Dougherty County death penalty case questioned the defendant's mental competency on Wednesday.

Defense attorneys said they will examine his competency but on their own terms.

+D.A. seeks
death penalty in Albany double murder
+Man faces death penalty in Albany shooting
+Man injured in double murder dies

The state confirmed on Wednesday that they still intend to seek the death penalty for Brown.

Prosecutors and defense attorneys discussed in the courtroom how they will proceed with the case.

Wednesday was the unified appeal procedure, a procedure made by the Georgia Supreme Court for cases to follow when they are seeking the death penalty.

This procedure makes sure everyone involved understands how to move forward and explains the legal proceedings so when the case does go to trial, there are no delays.

The defense also said it is challenging the master grand jury list that was used to indict Brown back in October of 2017.

The next step in the case will be a formal arraignment where Brown will have the opportunity to plead guilty or not guilty.

That date has not been set yet. We will continue to follow this story as updates come available.

Copyright 2018 WALB. All rights reserved.