Family of Meridian Teenager Seeks Justice

Nearly a year after a teenager was killed in a violent crash, family members say justice is long overdue.

Arnold Jamarcus Altman, Jr.

Meridian, Miss. The parents of a Meridian teenager say they want justice after their son was killed in a head-on crash last summer.

The sight of smashed up vehicles is one that family members of 14-year old Arnold Jamarcus Altman, Jr. say they will never forget. July 13th will mark one year since the teenager was killed after the car he and his father were traveling in was hit head-on. While it's been a year since Jamarcus was killed, the pain is still very fresh.

"Thinking about my son every time," Clarice Altman says. "And I don't miss a day, you know, thinking about him."

"It's been very difficult, mentally and physically," Arnold Altman says. You know, since then, I hadn't been able to just to really come to reality that my son is gone. It's been hard, just really hard."

Meridian police say they later charged 21-year old Mitchell Roberts of Collinsville with DUI Manslaughter for causing the fatal crash on Airport Boulevard, near Waters International. Mitchell's vehicle was on the wrong side of the road when the crash happened.

The Lauderdale County District Attorney's Office declined to be interviewed on-camera for this story, but says the case has been delayed in court numerous times in recent months because of scheduling conflicts with both the defense and the prosecution. The District Attorney's Office says it also needed more time to investigate additional evidence. At the end of the day, the Altman family simply wants justice.

"I just feel like I'm not getting justice from a legal standpoint," Arnold Altman maintains.

"To make sure that the judge, the police station, every last one of them do the right thing about it," Clarice Altman adds.

The DA's Office tells us a hearing in this case is set for August 6th and a trial is tentatively scheduled for August 12th.


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