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Testimony wraps in Sandifer civil trial

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Testimony wrapped around noon Wednesday in the Tawanna Sandifer civil trial. The final witnesses for the Jackson city attorneys included JPD officials, and police training experts.

The Sandifer family is seeking the maximum penalty from the city, after the murder of their daughter in 2006.

It was revealed after her death, that Tawanna Sandifer, who was just 16-Years-Old at the time, was intimately involved with two JPD officers.  

Attorney's for the Sandifer family showed WLBT documents of formal complaints filed with the police department, dating back to 2004, accusing officer Maurice Clark of having sex with her.

Clark who was never charged, denied those allegations. 

Leaving the courthouse, Jackson city attorney Pieter Teeuwissen said, "In this particular case there's been no evidence that the acts as alleged by those officers, as despicable as they may be, were in the scope of employment." 

Precious Martin, who is representing the Sandifer family said, "For the first time in this whole horrific tragedy, the family has been able to hear the true facts about what happened to their daughter, and I'm confident in the jury system, and I believe that juries and judges get it right."

The judge will take ten days to decide if the Sandifer family will receive the maximum penalty of $500,000.00.

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