CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The attorney accused of a shooting rampage in a South Hills neighborhood wants the county prosecutor to be recused from his case because he lives two doors away.
Trent Redman, defense attorney for Mark Bramble, filed a motion in Kanawha Circuit Court Tuesday, asking for a special prosecutor to replace Mark Plants.
Plants said he is trying to determine whether he should be removed from Bramble's criminal case or can legally handle it.
"I want to prosecute this defendant," Plants said. "I want to prosecute any defendant. To me, there's not a conflict there.
"I want to vigorously protect my neighborhood," he said. ""Just as I would want to protect anyone else's neighborhood."
Bramble held a large assembly of law enforcement officers at bay at his Sherwood Forest home as he shot randomly from multiple weapons the morning of Aug. 12. Plants was one of those neighbors who was told to remain inside his home.
"I was home at the time, my children were home," Plants said. "Law enforcement officers knocked on my door and my son answered.
"They said, 'are your parents home?' and I see Eric Smith, a person I know. He said get your kids out of the windows, someone is shooting down the street."
Plants and his family moved to a room in their house that is behind a hillside, and they heard shots during the standoff.
"I was not scared for our safety," he said. "We were within range of a stray shot, but I can't honestly say we were in fear. But we couldn't leave our house."
Bramble is charged with attempted murder and wanton endangerment. He remains incarcerated at South Central Regional Jail.