Former officer pleads guilty in fatal crash

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- A former Memphis police officer has pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide charges in a high-speed crash that killed two people from north Mississippi.

Alex Beard entered his guilty plea Tuesday in Criminal Court in Memphis. Beard was then sentenced to six months in jail.

Beard had been facing up to six years in prison if convicted at trial. Police records show Beard was driving 94 miles per hour on a Memphis street in his squad car, without his sirens or lights in operation, seconds before striking another car.

The crash killed 53-year-old Delores Epps and her daughter, 13-year-old Mackala Ross, both of Senatobia, Miss. Two others were injured.

Some of the victims' relatives had pushed for a trial in the case.

Beard was fired from Memphis Police Department in February.

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