Former Ala. physician convicted of capital murder

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Montgomery physician who first got in trouble over fake flu shots is now headed to prison for a murder-for-hire killing.

A circuit court jury deliberated about two hours Friday before finding former physician David Nash guilty of capital murder.

Nash was accused of paying cousins Kindall and Jeremy Riley to kill Ralph “Skip” McNeil in 2011 on behalf of Nash’s then-fiancee, Serena English, who was in a child custody dispute with McNeil. English and Jeremy Riley have pleaded guilty, and English was a key witness in Nash’s trial. Kindall Riley’s trial ended in a hung jury.

Nash will be sentenced next month. Prosecutors said at the start of the trial that they would not seek a death sentence. That leaves life in prison without parole as the only option.

Nash surrendered his medical license in 2005 after a state medical board accused him of giving fake flu shots. The Alabama Board of Medical Examiners said he used a harmless saline solution instead of a vaccine at two flu shot clinics at a Montgomery bank.

The murder victim was well known in the Montgomery area as the “Critter Man” because of his advertisements about removing unwanted animals from homes.

During the trial, English said she started dating Nash after breaking up with McNeil. She said the two would do drugs together regularly. She said Nash paid Jeremy Riley $9,000 for crack cocaine, and that she and Nash smoked $6,000 worth before selling the rest.

She also testified that Nash met the Riley cousins the day after McNeil was killed. She said he told her afterward that he had given them “the money” without specifying an amount.

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