Trial date for former officer charged with murder of Perkins set for November 2024

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) — The trial for the former Decatur Police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of Stephen Perkins has been scheduled.

Court records show that Mac Marquette will stand trial on November 18, 2024, at 9:00 A.M.

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On Friday, Marquette waived his arraignment hearing by entering a not-guilty plea for the murder charge. Marquette was scheduled to appear in court on March 4.

The Morgan County District Attorney’s Office charged Marquette with murder in early January after ALEA turned over the investigative file to the office. The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office said Marquette was taken into custody by Sheriff Ron Puckett as he turned himself in at the Morgan County Jail.

He was booked on a Grand Jury warrant for murder with a bond set at $30,000 but has since bonded out.

Marquette’s personnel file obtained by News 19 shows he applied for a police officer position with the Decatur Police Department in late March 2020 and was given a conditional hiring offer on September 24, 2020. He was certified by the Police Officers Standards and Training Commission in April 2021.

Perkins was killed by police in the early morning hours of Sept. 29th, following an incident surrounding a vehicle repossession.

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