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Washington County sheriff's deputies indicted in the death of Eurie Martin



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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ga. -- Three former Washington County Sheriff's deputies, who were fired after a man died in their custody, had their case presented to a grand jury on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

According to District Attorney Hayward Altman, Lee Copeland, Rhett Scott and Michael Howell were indicted on the following charges:

  • felony murder with the underlying offense of aggravated assault
  • felony murder with the underlying offense of false imprisonment
  • involuntary manslaughter with the underlying offense of reckless conduct
  • involuntary manslaughter with the underlying offense of simple assault
  • false imprisonment
  • aggravated assault
  • reckless conduct
  • simple assault

District Attorney Altman said that arrest warrants were issued on Tuesday and that the former deputies will turn themselves into the Washington County Detention Center on Wednesday, Dec. 20 and that their first appearance hearing will occur in Swainsboro after processing takes place.

The former deputies were found in violation of their Standard Operating Procedures in the July 7 death of Eurie Martin. The deputies reportedly responded to a suspicious person call and approached Martin, at which time a fight ensued, according to the GBI. The deputies then used a stun gun on Martin who began having respiratory problems and died at the scene after being treated by EMS.

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