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One of the five Memphis police officers charged with multiple federal offenses over the alleged murder of Tyre Nichols plans to change his plea in court.
Desmond Mills Jr is one of five cops facing a series of charges, including second-degree murder aggravated assault, aggravated kidnapping, official misconduct and official oppression as well as four federal counts.
While Mills Jr pleaded not guilty to the federal offenses in September, his attorney says his client intends to change his plea tomorrow in court.
If he is found guilty of the federal charges, Mills Jr could be sentenced to death.
Desmond Mills Jr plans to change his plea for the federal offenses he is facing for allegedly murdering Tyre Nichols on November 2
It is unknown what his new plea will be and why he has decided to do so. If found guilty, Mills Jr could be sentenced to death
The other four officers, Demetrius Haley, Tadarrius Bean, Emmitt Martin III and Justin Smith, remain in custody with Mills and also pleaded not guilty to federal charges of excessive force and failure to intervene, deliberate indifference, conspiracy to witness-tamper and obstruction of justice: witness-tampering.
Second-degree murder, described by the Memphis District Attorney as a 'knowing murder,' is punishable by 15 to 60 years in prison under Tennessee law.
Nichols, a 29-year-old FedEx driver, was pulled over on January 7 by the Memphis police for what was initially reported as reckless driving.
That interaction led to a violent confrontation that put him in the hospital, where he would die three days later (January 10) due to 'extensive bleeding caused by a severe beating,' according to preliminary results of an autopsy commissioned by attorneys for his family.
He reportedly suffered cardiac arrest and kidney failure following the allegedly brutal interaction with the officers who were in unmarked cars and allegedly wearing hoodies.
'He was a human piñata for those police officers,' family attorney Antonio Romanucci said at a press conference. 'It was an unadulterated, unabashed, nonstop beating of this