KNOXVILLE - Brian K. Stalans, the man accused of fatally shooting a Maryville police officer in an ambush style attack made his first court appearance Monday.

Stalans, 44, appeared in Blount County General Sessions Court for less than two minutes total as Judge William Brewer found him indigent, and appointed the Public Defender’s Office to represent Stalans. Public Defender Mack Garner was appointed to represent him. 

Brewer set a preliminary hearing date of Sept. 15.

Stalans faces five charges, including criminal homicide related to the shooting death of a police officer. The homicide charge includes capital murder, according to Blount County Sheriff James Berrong. He also faces four counts of aggravated assault. 

Officer Kenny Moats, 32, died of a single gunshot wound to the neck after responding to a domestic violence situation at Moats’ home on Thursday Aug. 25. That day happened to be Stalans’ 44th birthday.

Stalans is in the custody of the Blount County Sheriff’s Department. He is being held in the Blount County Detention Facility. His bail is set at $1.5 million. 

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