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Alabama dad held in sex offender killing seeks speedy trial; hearing planned

An Alabama father is seeking a speedy trial on charges he killed the man convicted of sexually abusing his daughter.

Defense lawyer Tommy Drake filed the request in Cullman County Circuit Court on Friday. Drake says a hearing is set for Tuesday.

Registered sex offender Raymond Earl Brooks was shot to death Sunday at his home near Cullman. Brooks had pleaded guilty to sexually abusing the suspect's daughter in 2002 when she was in elementary school.

Authorities say the suspect has also been charged in an earlier shooting outside of a store involving his stepdaughter's boyfriend. No one was hurt, and police haven't released a motive.

The Associated Press doesn't identify victims in sex crimes, and it isn't naming the suspect to protect the identity of his daughter.

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