- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

ATLANTA (AP) - Jury selection for the trial of two former East Point police officers charged with murder in the death of a 24-year-old handcuffed man is set to begin Monday.

Fulton County District Attorney’s Office spokesman Dontaye Carter said in a news release Thursday that former police Cpl. Howard Weems and former Sgt. Marcus Eberhart face several charges including felony murder, aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter.

According to a lawsuit his family filed a year ago, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (https://on-ajc.com/2gNGreU) Gregory Towns Jr. was trying to catch his breath after a chase of less than a mile when Weems and Eberhart activated their Tasers a combined 13 times in an effort to get the man to stand.

If convicted, the men could face a sentence of life in prison.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, https://www.ajc.com


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