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Jan 7-Former Alabama police officer charged with murder in shooting of Black man
Jan 05

By KIM CHANDLER Associated Press

A former Alabama police officer has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a Black man in front of his own home during a dispute with a tow truck driver. Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson announced the indictment during a news conference Friday. Steve Perkins, 39, was shot and killed by a police officer on Sept. 29 when officers accompanied a tow truck driver trying to repossess Perkins' truck. A grand jury indicted Mac Bailey Marquette, a 23-year-old police officer who responded to the scene, of intentionally killing Perkins by shooting him with a pistol.

A former Alabama police officer has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a man in front of his own home during a dispute with a tow truck driver, the district attorney announced Friday.

Steve Perkins, 39, was shot and killed by a police officer on Sept. 29 when officers accompanied a tow truck driver trying to repossess Perkins' truck. A grand jury indicted Mac Bailey Marquette, a 23-year-old police officer who responded to the scene, on a murder charge accusing him of intentionally killing Perkins by shooting him with a pistol.

Court records did not immediately indicate if Marquette has an attorney to speak on his behalf. A text message to a number listed in court records was not immediately returned.

Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson announced the indictment during a news conference Friday. Anderson said "the job now falls to me and my office to prosecute this case and seek justice."

"It's not easy for me to be in the position of prosecuting an officer, but in this circumstance, it's the right thing to do," he said.

Anderson said there were four officers at the scene the night Perkins was killed and only one fired his weapon. He said the grand jury cleared the other three officers of wrongdoing, and he agreed with that decision. The city previously announced that three of the four officers were fired for violating department policy and a fourth was suspended.

Video from a neighbor's home surveillance camera video, published by WAFF-TV, recorded the shooting. By The Associated Press, Copyright 2023