Former Tenn. cop indicted for crash that killed mom and daughter

May 14, 2013 in News, Statewide News, Top Stories

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By Monica Land

Mother and daughter were in town for birthday party

Alex Beard

A former Memphis, Tenn., police officer who was involved in a fatal crash that killed two Mississippi residents – a mother and daughter – has been indicted.

The former officer, 24-year-old Alex Beard, is charged with vehicular manslaughter in the Aug. 26 crash that killed 54-year-old Delores Epps and her daughter, 13-year-old Mackala Epps.

Beard was responding to a call in his marked police car on Aug. 26 when he struck the passenger side of a 1996 Mercury Mystique that was trying to turn left. He did not have his lights or sirens activated when the crash occurred.

Media reports said Beard was driving about 94 miles per hour.

The department fired him afterward for violating policies related to responding to calls and personal conduct.

The mother and daughter were visiting the area from Senatobia, Miss., for a relative's 50th birthday party.

Multiple shots fired, one injured

Shots rang out in west Jackson Monday, leaving one man injured, WLBT reported.

Officers responded to the 100 block of Horseshoe Circle, near the intersection of Palmyra Street. JPD Officer Colendula Green said one man was shot twice in the knee.

The unidentified man's injuries are not said to be life threatening.

At least five shell casings were seen in the driveway of the home and we investigators found other casings near a stop sign at the intersection.

I-20 multi-vehicle accident sends several to the hospital

A multi-vehicle accident on I-20 westbound Sunday resulted in several people being transported to the hospital, WLOX reported.

The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. just before the Springridge Road Exit.

A Dodge Nitro with Texas plates had apparently crashed into an interstate sign.

Three people were reportedly transported by ambulance. At least one passenger had to be extricated from a vehicle.

One witness near the scene moments after the accident said an 18-wheeler and possibly one other vehicle was involved, WLOX reported.

Clinton Police were also on the scene. The accident remains under investigation.

US marshals capture rapper “Mista Cain” in Mississippi

Police said US marshals caught fugitive Samuel Nicholas, also known as “Mista Cain,” in Mississippi on April 22.

Nicholas is a Baton Rouge rapper accused of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder in the shooting death of Jordan Key, 18, on College Drive on June 30, 2012.

Another person on the scene was wounded and survived the shooting.

According to the Baton Rouge Police Department, a Crime Stoppers tip led the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force to Nicholas's location in Corinth, MS, which is near the Mississippi-Tennessee border.

He was indicted by a grand jury on Jan. 16, 2013. Three other people have been arrested in connection with the deadly shooting.

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