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Three Washington Co. deputies re-indicted in fatal tasing case

The three men were originally indicted last December.

A Washington County grand jury has handed down new murder charges against three former deputies involved in a suspect's fatal Tasing.

The three men were originally indicted last December, but a judge threw out those charges in February due to a procedural error during grand jury proceedings.

District Attorney Heyward Altman said the three -- Henry Copeland, Michael Howell, and Rhett Scott -- face the same charges as last year: two counts of felony murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count of false imprisonment, one count of aggravated assault, one count of simple assault and one count of reckless conduct.

The charges came after the July 2017 Tasing death of 58-year old Eurie Martin in Deepstep.

The deputies responded to a call of a suspicious person walking along the road.

They claimed that they continued to Tase Martin because he fought with them -- but a bystander sent video to 13WMAZ that showed that was not true.

Sberiff Thomas Smith fired the three deputies, saying they violated several department procedures.

Altman says a judge from outside Washington County will handle the case because the county's two judges have stepped aside to avoid conflict of interest.

He said no arraignment date has been set.

From left: Henry Copeland, Michael Howell, Rhett Scott