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'They're murderers': People rally ahead of trial for deputies accused in fatal Washington County Tasing

Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell, and Rhett Scott are accused of killing Eurie Martin in July 2017.

MACON, Ga. — The trial of three Washington County deputies accused of murdering a man by Taser is scheduled to begin Monday.

On Saturday, people rallied around the Sandersville courthouse in honor of the victim, Eurie Martin. 

Henry Lee Copeland, Michael Howell and Rhett Scott are accused of killing Martin in July 2017. 

The deputies tased Martin while he was walking along a country road and he died. 

With their trial slated to begin imminently, the New Order National Human Rights Organization says they are seeking justice for the Martin family. 

"Them officers need to be punished. They're murderers, they killed someone they're murderers. And I will continue to say that, they're murderers. If Mr. Martin was a white male and these three officers were Black; first of all, they'll probably be locked for life by now, we wouldn't be here. So we have a problem in the United States of America and we all know that," said Gerald Rose. 

In pretrial hearings, Judge H. Gibb Flanders agreed to exclude some post-autopsy photographs of Martin. The judge also said they'd prepare for trial by calling more than 200 potential jurors. 


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