UPDATE: Beard in court today


UPDATE: Beard was in court today and was told he must let the court know if he wants a trial by jury. His next court date is schedule for August 7, 2013.

Former Memphis Police Officer Alex Beard was indicted on two counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated assault stemming from a fatal crash that killed two people in August 2012, Shelby county District Attorney General Amy Weirich said Friday afternoon.

On Aug. 26, 2012, Beard was involved in a traffic crash at the intersection of E. H. Crump Boulevard and Walnut Street. Beard was on duty driving a marked Memphis Police Department patrol car.

MORE: Report sheds light on deadly officer involved crash: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/21946281/report-sheds-light-on-deadly-officer-involved-crash

MORE: Officer terminated after fatal crash: http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/story/21243312/officer-terminated-after-fatal-crash

The Tennessee Highway Patrol Critical Incident Response Team conducted the investigation of the crash. The investigation reported that Beard's patrol car (a Dodge Charger) entered the intersection and crashed into a Mercury Mystique occupied by four individuals. The driver and two of the occupants were injured in the crash and transported to The MED.

Two female passengers, 14-year-old Mackala Epps and Delores Epps, 53, were killed in the crash.

A MPD investigation revealed Beard was driving 94 miles an hour moments before he hit the car and was going 60 miles per hour at impact.

The speed limit in the area is 40.

Beard wasn't using the patrol car's lights or sirens as he was responding to a call for an officer who asked for assistance. He told investigators he had his lights and siren on but turned them off once other officers arrived to help.

Beard was fired from the police force Feb. 19. MPD cited his actions before the crash.

The family of the mother and daughter killed in the crash have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Memphis

Vehicular homicide is a class "C" felony with a sentence range between 3-15 years. Aggravated assault is a class "D" felony with a sentence range between 2-12 years.


FOX13 News reporter Matt Gerien contributed to this report.

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