Breaking News

19th
July
19th
Jul

Second Killer Convicted in Northland Village Slaying

Greenville, MS—Clifton Dean of Greenville was convicted by a Washington County Jury following a two-day trial, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. In the midnight hour of March 30, 2012, officers of the Greenville Police Department responded to the Northland […] read more

5th
April
5th
Apr

Lorenza Brooks sentenced to 30 years for 2nd Degree Murder

Greenwood, MS – In Leflore County Circuit Court, Lorenza Brooks, 19 yoa, pled guilty to killing Dalvin Pacley, 22 yoa, on June 29, 2016, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. On June 29, 2016, Deputies with the Leflore County Sheriff’s […] read more

2nd
April
2nd
Apr

Lanelson Spells pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder

Greenwood, MS – In Leflore Circuit Court, Lanelson Spells, 26 yoa, pled guilty for the shooting death of Larry Stephens, 21 yoa at the time of his death, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Spells had been indicted by the […] read more

31st
January
31st
Jan

Three sentenced in the Death of Louisiana Man

Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Christopher Franks, 36 yoa, Trudy Ponder, 38 yoa, and Parker Huddleston 26 yoa, pled guilty to killing Thomas McIntosh, 32 yoa, in December of 2014, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. The […] read more

22nd
January
22nd
Jan

Repeat Burglary Defendants sentenced to the Maximum Sentence

Greenville, MS – In Greenville, Maurice Carr and Jeremy Hurt pled guilty and were sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court in separate cases, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Maurice Carr, 50 yoa, pled guilty recently in Washington County Circuit […] read more

19th
October
19th
Oct

Jackie Jackson sentenced to 40 years

Greenville, MS –Washington County resident Jackie Jackson, pled guilty to Second Degree Murder, Armed Robbery, and Jail Escape in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. Richardson said, “Jackie Jackson was set for trial this week […] read more

6th
October
6th
Oct

Repeat Drug Offender Sentenced to 25 YEARS

Greenville, MS—Roy Merrill, aka “Roy Epps,” pled guilty Thursday afternoon in Washington County Circuit Court to five counts of Possession of a Controlled Substance With Intent, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. Set to go to trial, Merrill instead […] read more

7th
September
7th
Sep

Trinard Maxon found Guilty of Second Degree Murder and Firearm Enhancement

Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Trinard Maxon, 30 yoa, was found guilty after two days of testimony for the shooting death of Byron Hall, Jr. 23 yoa at the time of his death, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson […] read more

25th
August
25th
Aug

DA’s Worthless Check Unit Collects $21,955 for Washington County

Greenville, MS- District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today that the Worthless Check Unit delivered $21,955.78 to Washington County Tax Collector Patricia Lee. The almost $22,000 represents money collected from bad check writers by the DA’s Worthless Check Unit. Lee […] read more

9th
August
9th
Aug

JURY FINDS LORENZO SHEAD, JR. GUILTY OF FONDLING

Greenville, MS—Lorenzo Shead, Jr. was found guilty of Fondling in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. After twenty-five minutes of deliberations, a Washington Count jury announced the verdict in open court at 5:55 on yesterday. Following [… 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.