Deliberations Begin In Moss Point Officer Trial

A Jackson County jury has began deliberations in the manslaughter trial of a former Moss Point reserve police officer.

Steve Strickler is accused in the 1999 death of prisoner, Marcus Malone.

Strickler testified that Malone did not die in his patrol car the night of September 13th, 1999, nor was he dead when placed inside a jail cell. Strickler and patrolmen Chris Weeks and Derrick Welton all are charged with manslaughter.

Weeks and Welton will be tried in August.

Prosecutors contended Malone, a black man, was dead when he arrived at the jail less than an hour after Strickler and the other officers stopped him for a traffic violation. All of the officers are white.

The defense claims evidence showed Malone was alive. Earlier, forensic pathologists Michael Baden of New York and Steven Hayne of Rankin County concluded death was from neck compression. However, they differed on whether death was caused by a lateral choke hold or strangling.

The two also said Malone was dead when brought to the police department.