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Former St. Louis County Officer Prosecuted for Death of 12-Year-Old Girl

scheduled tribe. Lewis County, Mo. (KMOV.com) — A verdict against a former St. Louis County police officer charged with the death of a young girl could be announced soon.

A 12-year-old girl was rammed into a squad car by a St. Louis County officer on Monday evening near the North City-North County line.

Preston Marquardt was charged with second-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of Akila Jackson. Marquart was following a car near the 8900 block of Hall Ferry Road in October 2019. Prosecutors said the former officer was going 58 mph in a 30 mph zone without lights and sirens. According to police, Jackson was hit by a squad car before the officer could stop the speeding car.

“You have to live every day, for the rest of your life, know you took the life of a 12-year-old who didn’t really get a chance to experience life,” said Willie, Jackson’s father.

Marquart faced a judge for that trial on Tuesday. The St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office said judges are looking into the matter.

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