Howard Hayes sentenced to 12 years
Greenwood, MS – Howard Hayes pled guilty before Judge Margaret Carey-McCray for committing the crimes of Business Burglary and Grand Larceny as a Habitual Offender in Leflore County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Prior to being convicted […] read more
McClungs receive 25 year sentence for House Burglary
Greenwood, MS – Leflore County defendants Darrell and Frederick McClung pled guilty to committing multiple House Burglaries in Leflore County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Richardson said, “The McClung brothers were scheduled to stand trial for their [&hell read more
Ezra Parker sentenced to 35 years for 2nd Degree Murder
Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Ezra Parker, 22 yoa, pled guilty to killing Arthur Lee Edwards in 2012, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. On April 14, 2012, officers with the Greenville Police Department responded to 1317 […] read more
Two Lefore County Men receive 20 year sentences for Armed Robbery
Greenwood, MS – In Greenwood, Joe Nathan III and Michael Garrett were sentenced to 20 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections by Judge Ashley Hines, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. In July 2014, Joe Nathan III and Michael […] read more
Defendants involved In Min Sang Robbery Convicted
Greenville, MS – In Greenville, Three of the five defendants charged with robbing the Min Sang Grocery Store have been sentenced to serve time in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Recently in Washington County […] read more
Lazavious Smith sentenced to 20 years for House Burglaries and Car Theft
Greenville, MS – Washington County resident Lazavious Smith pled guilty to several House Burglaries in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Richardson said, “Smith was scheduled to be tried in open court starting at 8:30 Tuesday […] read more
Jury finds Kevin Boston Guilty of Capital Murder
Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, a jury found Kevin Boston guilty of Capital Murder for killing Willie Dean, III on the grounds of Trigg Elementary School, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Boston had recently been indicted […] read more
Marvin Titus sentenced to Life plus 10 years
Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Marvin Titus, 44 yoa, was sentenced today following his May 20, 2015 conviction, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced. Titus had been indicted by a Washington County grand jury for the charge of […] read more
Murray and Johnson plead Guilty to Killing Lawrence “Shine’ Thornton
Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Geblonski Murray and Edward Johnson pled guilty to killing Lawrence “Shine” Thornton, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Both men had been indicted by a Washington County grand jury for Capital Murder […] read more
Jury convicts Casey Birkley of Armed Robbery
Greenville, MS – Washington County resident Casey Birkely was found guilty of Armed Robbery in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. After only 32 minutes of deliberations, a Washington County jury announced their verdict in open […] read more
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.
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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.
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