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Former officer charged in deadly crash appears in court

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Former Memphis police officer Alex Beard appeared in court Wednesday morning. He is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated assault.

When Beard arrived in court, he was seated not far from the man who says the former officer killed his family.

Mackala Ross, 13, and Deloise Epps, 54, were killed August 2012 when the car they were riding in collided with Beard's police cruiser.

"He's supposed to be a police officer, but he broke the law," said Michael Ross, who was also injured in the crash that killed his daughter and fiancee.

"The issue is going to be whether or not he (Beard) violated the law in the way he responded," said Beard's defense attorney, Leslie Ballin. "The allegations are that just before the accident, he turned off the lights and sirens ... That just before impact, he was traveling at a high rate of speed."

Was it a tragic accident? Or should the former officer be punished for the fatal wreck?

At this point, the defense is requesting medical records.

Attorney's also want any recordings about the crash be turned over by the state.

Michael Ross, who still has visible scars, says that is all fine by him.

"Hospital records. Yeah, they should get them because I've got a list of my injuries that were caused by Alex Beard driving 94 miles an hour with no lights or sirens on," explained Ross.

Ross added that if Beard's lights and sirens had been on, he would have never turned in front of the cruiser that day.

The case is set to be back in criminal court August 27.

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