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Feds: Mississippi cop accused of shooting man in back of the head, planting weapon next to body

October 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Feds: Mississippi cop  accused of shooting man in back of the head, planting weapon next to body

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A former officer in Mississippi has been indicted for tampering with evidence after shooting a man in the back of the head and placing a weapon next to make it look like the victim was armed, the Department of Justice revealed on Wednesday.

Walter Grant, 51, was a sheriff’s deputy in Bolivar County when he murdered Willie Bingham Jr. in March 2013. Grant approached Bingham and a group of men for reportedly breaking into a vehicle. Bingham fled in a car with the other suspects and Grant pursued.

Bingham’s car stalled and he fled on foot into a cotton field.

According to the Clarion-Ledger, Grant caught up to Bingham and opened fire, killing the 20-year-old.

Grant then purportedly placed a baton next to Bingham’s body to mislead investigators and justify the shooting.

The officer has repeatedly rejected the allegations that he planted the baton and maintains he thought Bingham had a gun.

However, authorities later determined that Bingham was not armed.

Grant was subsequently charged with manslaughter in 2015 and has been tried two times in Mississippi state court. However, both trials concluded with a hung jury.

Before the incident, Bingham had no prior criminal history to the shooting.

Grant, who has since retired from the Sheriff’s Department has pleaded not guilty to the federal charges and remains out on $10,000 bail.

If convicted, he could face 20-years in prison.

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