MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - A former Memphis police officer who killed two people and severely injured a third in a car accident last August has been indicted by a grand jury.
Shelby County District Attorney Amy Weirich announced Friday that Alex Beard, 24, has been indicted on two counts of vehicular homicide and three counts of aggravated assault.
"I feel like it should be a murder charge, but it is what it is," said Michael Ross, who lost his daughter, and her mother in the crash.
"I miss both of them, I lay down sometimes at night and cry," he added.
If convicted, Alex Beard faces a maximum sentence of 66 years in prison.
Beard was responding to a call for backup in "non-emergency mode" when the crash occurred at about 3 p.m. at E H Crump Blvd and Walnut Road on August 26, 2012.
Witnesses said Beard was speeding when he struck the passenger side of a 1996 Mercury Mystique that was trying to turn left. Killed were 54-year-old Delores Epps and 13-year-old Mackayla Ross. Michael Ross, 48, was transported to The MED in critical condition, where he stayed for four months. They were visiting from Senatobia, Miss., for a relative's 50th birthday party.
"We was headed back home. I woke up, my family was dead," Ross said. "To go through what I am going through is very, very painful."
"My daughter Mackayla, that was my heart, she meant the world to me. Nothing in the world I wouldn't do for her."
He continued, "To just be together for 28 years, then to wake up and they are gone, never to be with you again? That's devastating."
Beard was terminated from the Memphis Police Department after a February 18 administrative hearing. He had been employed with the MPD since October 2010.
A wrongful death lawsuit was also filed on behalf of Michael and Mackayla Ross by Michael's daughter and Mackayla's half sister. The maximum settlement they can get from the city is $700,000, which is set by state law for an accident involving city workers.