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Former MPD officer in court for deadly crash

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(WMC-TV) - A year and a day after a 13-year-old girl and her mother were killed in a car crash, the former police officer charged in the case returns to court as the victims' family honors the two precious lives that were lost.

Former Memphis Police Officer Alex Beard will be in court Tuesday morning for a hearing in his criminal case. Grieving family members will also be there.

Michael Ross was hospitalized for months after a wreck with a Memphis police cruiser that killed his 13-year-old daughter McKayla and his fiance, Gene Epps.

Beard is accused of turning off his lights and siren before speeding through the intersection at Walnut and Crump.

He is charged with two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated assault. Beard was fired from the force 6 months after the crash.

Monday, August 26th, marked exactly one year since that deadly crash and despite the pain and heartache it's caused the victims' family they returned to the scene of the accident, to honor the memory of 13-year-old McKayla and her mother, Gene Epps.

Ross says he's still trying to cope with what happened, but his quest for justice keeps him going.

"I want to keep it in the public eye to let them know they didn't run over a dog or a cat; they killed some people, they killed some people, they killed my family. And I'm going to fight until the end to make sure I get some justice," Ross said.

Action News 5 will be inside today's hearing and will have those details tonight on Action News 5 at 5.

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