Memphis officer accused in deadly accident released on his own recognizance


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Memphis Police officer arrested following a deadly accident appeared in court on Wednesday.

Judge Bill Anderson allowed Antonio Marshall to be released on his own recognizance on Wednesday, just hours after he turned himself in on two counts of vehicular homicide. A judge also ordered he undergo a mental exam and told him not to have contact with the families.

Marshall has a history in the military and law enforcement, which gave precedence for him to be released, but he didn’t look the part. He had to be wheeled into court and was wearing a walking boot. He also didn’t answer any questions when confronted by reporters.

After hearing the decision, family members stormed out in anger.

“Only thing I would say to him, we just need justice. We’re going to put everything in the good Lord’s hands,” said Susan Hunt. “He didn’t have sense enough to tell the family that he’s sorry or anything. He didn’t have sense enough to do that.”

According to police, Marshall was in his Dodge Charger traveling 99 mph when it hit a Pontiac Bonneville that was pulling into traffic near the corner of Walnut Grove and Timber Creek Drive on June 25.

Police said five seconds before the crash Marshall was traveling 114 mph. The speed limit on Walnut Grove is 45 mph. An MPD crash report states Marshall was “racing” and engaging in “aggressive driving/road rage.”

Court records show that the impact was so severe, the Bonneville was split in two and both individuals inside — Travis Parham, 19, and Wallace Morris, 42 — were ejected. The front half of the vehicle became trapped underneath Marshall’s car and he dragged it over 214 yards.

Marshall was transported to Regional One Hospital in non-critical condition. Both victims were pronounced dead on the scene.

Marshall has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

His attorney, Blake Ballin, said Marshall was “unbelievably distraught for the victims here. There will be an appropriate time where he can address the victims’ family.”

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