District Judge Ben Brooks issued a gag order in the case, the State of Alabama vs. Marco Perez on Monday.
The order reads in part:
"The purpose of this restraining order should be evident. The Court is concerned that both the State of Alabama and Defendant have a fair trial pursuant to our established rules of procedure and evidence, that the victim’s interests will be respected, and that the prospective jurors who will be summoned to hear this case, as well as the jury selected, will not be exposed to pre-trial publicity or extrajudicial statements during trial to the extent that it would make it difficult to be fair and unbiased, both to the State of Alabama and the Defendant. Therefore, all persons described herein that are subject to this restraining order are directed to comply with these provisions in spirit as well as in fact."
Perez, 19, is accused of killing Mobile Police Officer Sean Tuder last month. He is charged with capital murder. Perez pleaded not guilty during his recent court appearance.
If convicted on the capital murder charge, Perez would face life in prison without parole or the death penalty.