Ex-Cop's Court Date has Victim's Family Outraged

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Updated: 6/19/2013 8:19 pm
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Former Memphis police officer Alex Beard was arraigned Tuesday on charges stemming from a deadly cruiser crash, but the victims' family members were told he would appear in court Wednesday.

"We want answers, when is he scheduled for court, his exact court date," said family member Shaquitta Epps. "This is our second time coming down here and he's not in court; no one is telling us his correct court date."

Family members of the victims took time off work to be at Alex Beard's court hearing. They were furious to learn Beard faced a judge the day before on charges of vehicular homicide and aggravated assault.

He killed Shaquitta's aunt, 54-year-old Delores Epps, and her cousin, 13-year-old Mackayla Ross, in the crash last August. Investigators say Beard was traveling more than 90 miles per hour in his police car without flashing lights or siren when he slammed into the family's car.

"This is hard for all of us and especially my mama. That was her only sister and niece and this is not easy to go through nine months later. We're still at day one; we're still at August the 26th."

The Epps family tells Local 24 News they received a letter from the District Attorney's Office stating Beard's arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday.

As for Beard, the Memphis Police Department fired him in February. He posted a $20,000 bond and is expected back in court next month.

The Epps family says they'll be there; it's part of their healing process.

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