Maryville man indicted after death of police officer

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MARYVILLE (WATE) – A Maryville man was indicted this week after the death of a police officer.

Brian K. Stalans was charged with first degree murder, attempted murder, aggravated assault and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon.

Police Officer Kenneth Moats died after reporting to a domestic call on August 25. The Blount County Sheriff’s Office said they believe Stalans was setting up law enforcement for an ambush. Investigators found a letter in his house in which he blamed a family member and the Blount County Sheriff’s Office for his problems.

The grand jury believes Stalans “intentionally and with premediation” killed Officer Moats. Also, the jury believes Stalans made his 2-year-old son and former girlfriend Margaret Partridge fearful of him by having a .45 caliber handgun.

In court Monday, Stalans told the judge that he is not able to afford an attorney. He will be assigned a court appointed lawyer.

Stalans’ next court date is March 10.

Related: Case of Maryville man accused of killing officer bound to grand jury; bond raised

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