A former Alabama police officer has pleaded not responsible to a homicide cost within the deadly capturing of a person in entrance of his own residence throughout a dispute with a tow truck driver.
Mac Bailey Marquette, 23, entered the not responsible plea by his lawyer, court docket data present.
Steve Perkins, 39, was shot and killed on Sept. 29 when officers with the Decatur Police Division accompanied a tow truck driver attempting to repossess Perkins’ truck. The driving force reported that Perkins pulled a gun, so officers accompanied the motive force when he went again to the house, police stated.
Liz Younger, a protection lawyer representing Marquette, stated he was performing “in protection of his life and others.”
“We’re upset that he’s being prosecuted for such a transparent case of self-defense and justified pressure. Officer Marquette adamantly denies any wrongdoing and his protection workforce will work zealously on his behalf,” Younger stated in an emailed assertion.
The deadly capturing of the Black man at his own residence by a white police officer drew common protests throughout the north Alabama metropolis earlier than the arrest.
Video from a neighbor’s residence surveillance digital camera video, broadcast by WAFF, captured the capturing. An officer is heard shouting “Police, get on the bottom.” Photographs are then fired in speedy succession. Police haven’t launched physique digital camera footage of the encounter.
The police division initially stated that officers ordered Perkins to drop his weapon and he refused. They later stated that was incorrect and that no such command was given.
Perkins’ household issued a press release saying that the truck funds had been updated so the car shouldn’t have been towed.
Marquette was dismissed from the police pressure after the capturing.