Jackson officers could face federal charges

JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) -- Lawyers for two Jackson city police officers, indicted on charges they stole from a robbery victim's home, say their clients might face federal charges.

At a brief court appearance on Wednesday, attorneys for 35-year-old Marvent Brooks and 25-year-old David J. Dreblow told Circuit Judge Roger Page the state charges of official misconduct, evidence tampering and witness coercion might be dropped or changed to avoid dual prosecution.

The Jackson Sun reports Brooks' lawyer says federal prosecutors told him they're awaiting instructions from the Department of Justice before pursuing civil rights charges against the officers.

The court set a new plea deadline for Feb. 9, but the state trial remains scheduled for Feb. 14.

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