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Officer Charged In Malone Death Requests Separate Trial

A Moss Point police officer has asked a judge to either dismiss a manslaughter charge against him or let him be tried alone.

Reserve officer Steve Strickler is one of three officers charged with manslaughter in the 1999 death of inmate Marcus Malone. Also charged are patrolmen Chris Weeks and Derrick Welton.

All three have pleaded innocent and are out on $5,000 bond each.

Police stopped Malone's car on Sept. 13, 1999, for having a broken tail light. Malone was taken to the city jail after a scuffle with the officers. A few hours later, Malone was found dead in his cell.

Strickler's attorney Frank Trapp said statements from Weeks and Welton will show that Strickler did not handle Malone after he was placed in the unit.

"This indictment is fatally defective and should be dismissed,'' Trapp said.

Assistant District Attorney Ben Saucier said the state wants to try Strickler, Weeks and Welton together.

The Malone family has filed a $100 million wrongful death suit against the city, officers and then-Mayor Louis Jackson. The lawsuit is pending.

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