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Alabama officer charged with murder

A former Alabama police officer has been charged with murder in the fatal shooting of a man in front of his own home.

39-year-old Steve Perkins was shot and killed by a police officer on Sept. 29, 2023 when officers accompanied a tow truck driver trying to repossess Perkins’ truck.

A grand jury indicted 23-year-old Mac Bailey Marquette, a police officer who responded to the scene, on a murder charge accusing him of intentionally killing Perkins by shooting him with a pistol.

Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson announced the indictment during a news conference Friday.

Anderson said there were four officers at the scene the night Perkins was killed and only one fired his weapon. He said the grand jury cleared the other three officers of wrongdoing, and he agreed with that decision.

The city previously announced that three of the four officers were fired for violating department policy and a fourth was suspended.

Perkins is Black. The officer charged in his shooting is white.

Perkins’ family will be allowed to view the body camera footage from the night of the shooting, Anderson said.

Marquette was released on $30,000 bond, according to court records.

Melanie began her career as a work study student, working in the areas of news reporting, anchoring and news-gathering. After graduating from Alabama State University, she worked as a production assistant at the local NBC affiliate, WSFA-TV. As a News Director at WVAS-FM, Melanie leads her team to produce award- winning newscasts and talk shows. Her professional achievements includes News Reporter of the Year for a number of years and awards for talk show producer, by the Alabama Broadcasters Association and the Associated Press. She is an active member of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce. Her goals are to expand the reach of WVAS FM into more homes locally, regionally and nationally.