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Reasons for charges against deputy will be revealed at trial

Americus- The District Attorney prosecuting a deputy charged with killing a teenager says she can't fully explain why he's charged with involuntary manslaughter, until the trial.

Involuntary manslaughter is a misdemeanor. It's one of the charges filed Tuesday against fired Captain Donnie Spillers in last month's shooting death of 17-year old Wesley Beaver.

District Attorney Cecilia Cooper says she doesn't think Spillers intended to kill Beaver, but she can't give specifics about the shooting.

Here's a look at various charges under Georgia law. Murder requires "malice aforethought," basically premeditation A homicide is considered voluntary manslaughter when it occurs as "the result of a sudden, violent and irresistible passion."

It's involuntary manslaughter if a person commits the offense "during a lawful act, without any intention to cause the death."

posted by brannon.stewart@walb.com

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