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Former St. Louis County Officer on Trial in the Death of a 12-Year-Old Girl |  Saint-Louis news headlines


ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Missouri ( – A verdict against a former St. Louis County police officer charged with the death of a young girl may be announced soon.

A 12-year-old girl was struck by a St. Louis County officer in a police car near the North City-North County line on Monday evening.

Preston Marquart was charged with second degree manslaughter in the death of Akeelah Jackson. Marquart was chasing a car near the 8900 block of Halls Ferry Road in October 2019. Prosecutors said the former officer was driving 58 mph in a 30 mph zone with no lights or sirens. Before the officer could stop the car at high speed, Jackson was struck by the patrol car, police said.

“You have to live everyday, for the rest of your life, knowing that you took the life of a 12 year old. Who hadn’t really had the chance to experience life, ”said Willie, Jackson’s father.

Marquart faced a judge for this trial on Tuesday. The St. Louis circuit prosecutor’s office said the judge was reviewing the case.

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