Breaking News

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August
23rd
Aug

Coleman Sentenced for Greenville Crimes of Armed Robbery and Murder

Greenville MS- On August 21, 2018, Washington County Circuit Judge Carol White Richard accepted the guilty pleas of Ladarrian Coleman, 19 yoa, for two separate violent felonies. Coleman was charged and pled guilty to a 2014 armed robbery and pled […] read more

21st
August
21st
Aug

Scott Gas Station Shooter Gets 70 Year Sentence

Greenwood, MS-On August 20, 2018, Leflore County Senior Circuit Judge Ashley Hines accepted the guilty plea of Waltdrakus Hunter, 39 yoa. Hunter was indicted by the January 2018 grand jury for the charges of attempted capital murder and armed robbery […] read more

15th
August
15th
Aug

Jury Finds House Burglar Guilty

Greenville, MS- After a twelve (12) minute deliberation, a Washington County Jury found Greenville resident, Donaysha Morris, guilty of burglary of a dwelling earlier this week, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. Richardson said, “[t]he jury in this case […] read more

13th
August
13th
Aug

Clifton Dean Sentenced to 25 YEARS after Jury Trial and Conviction

Greenville, MS—On Monday, August 13th, Senior Circuit Judge Ashley Hines sentenced Clifton Dean to the maximum punishment allowed for his role in the killing of Frederick Williams on March 30, 2012. Dean was convicted by a Washington County Jury at […] read more

13th
August
13th
Aug

Markee Gibson Sentenced to 20 Years for Greenville Killing

Greenville, MS- Marquee Gibson was sentenced in the Circuit Court of Washington County District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. Gibson was sentenced to twenty years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections after he pled guilty to […] read more

13th
August
13th
Aug

Crime Spree Ends with Twenty-Eight Year Sentence

Greenville, MS- A man responsible for a Washington County crime spree was brought to justice this week in Washington County. Lorenzo Dye pled guilty to multiple felony crimes in front of Judge Ashley Hines District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced […] read more

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August
7th
Aug

Three sentenced in killing of a seventeen year old in Itta Bena

Greenwood, MS: On August 6, 2018, in Leflore County Circuit Court, Demarcio Baines and Devonte Williams pled guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of seventeen (17) year old Knicholas “Little Nick” Bradley in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Andraus Griggs also […] read more

6th
August
6th
Aug

Father’s Day shooter pleads guilty to Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault

Greenwood, MS: Dexter Jackson of Greenwood pled guilty in Leflore County Circuit Court to the shooting death of Corey Spells and the aggravated assault of Drekus Lindsey, which occurred on Father’s Day in 2016. Jackson was indicted by the April […] read more

6th
August
6th
Aug

Samuel Ford sentenced to thirty years for Statutory Rape

Greenwood, MS: On August 9, 2018, Senior Circuit Court Judge Ashley Hines sentenced Samuel Ford to a term of thirty (30) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections after Ford pled guilty to the statutory rape. Ford was indicted for […] read more

6th
August
6th
Aug

Habitual Auto Burglar sentenced in thirteen counts of Auto Burglary and one count of a Possession of a Firearm by a Felon

Greenwood, MS: In Leflore County Circuit Court, Greenville native, Isiah Hall, pled guilty to thirteen (13) counts of automobile burglary and one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Hall was indicted for the fourteen (14) different […] read more

Our Mission

The mission of the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Circuit Court, under the direction of
W. Dewayne Richardson, is to seek justice in order to maintain an environment of safety, security and lawful behavior for the citizens of the Fourth District.

The Office of the District Attorney uses lawful and reasonable methods to successfully identify and prosecute those who commit felony crimes. When a crime occurs, the Office of the District Attorney diligently pursues the indictment and conviction of those responsible, while adhering to all rights of the Victim, ensuring the victim is being provided all direct services applicable, and acknowledging all constitutional safeguards for the accused.

The District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth
District’s goal is to work with law enforcement and the judiciary to punish those who break our laws with adequate punishment. Every representative of the Office of the District Attorney pledges their commitment and full support to the protection of all citizens within the Fourth Circuit Court District.

Contact

Greenville Office
P.O. Box 426
Greenville MS 38702
[P] 662.378.2105
[F] 662.332.4665
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Indianola Office
P.O. Box 1046
Indianola, MS 38751
[P] 662.887.4306
[F] 662.887.6275
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Greenwood Office
P.O. Box 253
Greenwood, MS 38935
[P] 662.453.1089
[F] 662.451.7291
generalinfo@msdeltada.com

Judicial Process

Citizen's Involvement in the criminal justice system typically begins with them being a victim, witness, or defendant of a crime. Arrests are made generally by a judge-issued warrant or by a police officer observing a crime in process. Law enforcement may also arrest someone if it has probable cause to believe the person committed a criminal offense. When individuals are arrested they are routinely advised of their Miranda Rights upon arrest, advising them that they have the right to remain silent and that anything they say will be used against them in court. On being questioned, defendants have the right to have their attorney present or to have one appointed if they are indigent.

Felony defendants appear at a first appearance and have the charges reviewed. A judge will inquire if the defendant has an attorney. If low income, the defendant may qualify for a court-appointed lawyer. No plea is entered at this time unless the defendant wishes to plead guilty or waives indictment and has an attorney present. All felony cases are presented to a grand jury in the county that the crime was committed. In the State of Mississippi, only a grand jury has the authority to indict an individual for a felony offense and require them to stand trial for the charges alleged in an affidavit and indictment.

If an indictment is issued, the defendant is bound over to stand trial or enter a guilty plea to the crimes alleged. When a criminal trial occurs all 12 jurors must find the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Sentences are decided by Circuit Court Judges in all criminal matters. In most cases a recommendation is made regarding imprisonment, probation, fines and restitution.