A grand jury on Tuesday indicted three white sheriffs deputies in Washington County, Georgia, on murder charges for their role in the Tasing death of a 58-year-old black man who they said acted “suspiciously” after asking a stranger for water.
Michael Howell, Henry Copeland and Rhett Scott were fired in October in connection with the case. District Attorney Hayward Altman said there was no evidence that the victim, Euree Lee Martin, had broken any laws at the time he encountered police on July 7.
Cellphone video showing Martin’s death sparked outrage in Washington County, some two hours southeast of Atlanta. Martin’s niece, Elaine Brown, told The AJC she believes race was a factor.
The deputies are charged with felony murder, false imprisonment and aggravated assault, said the family for Martin’s attorney, Mawuli Davis. Bench warrants have been issued and arrests are expected shortly.
More developments in this story will be available on MyAJC.com
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