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Attorney: FEAR militia member has PTSD
Murder suspects appear in court
Murder suspect and alleged FEAR militia member Christopher Salmon sits in Long County Superior Court on Friday morning with his attorneys. Salmon faces charges in the December 2011 deaths of Michael Roark, 19, and Tiffany York, 17. - photo by Lewis Levine

Two men accused of murders that happened two years ago this month made their first appearance in Long County Superior Court Friday morning.

Alleged co-conspirators and members of the Forever Enduring Always Ready militia Anthony Peden and Christopher Salmon went before Long County Superior Court Judge Robert Russell. The men once again were informed the state will seek the death penalty for their alleged involvement in the murders of Tiffany York, 17, and her boyfriend Michael Roark, 19, on Dec. 4, 2011 at Lake Morgan.

New information did come to light regarding Peden. Defense attorney BurtonBaker said his client suffers from brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder due to things he saw while in combat in Afghanistan. Baker said his client has undergone two mental evaluations and soon will be seen by a neurologist.

For more on this story, see Sundays' Coastal Courier.

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