District Attorney

W. Dewayne Richardson

District Attorney | dewayne@msdeltada.com
W. Dewayne Richardson is the District Attorney for the Fourth Circuit Court District of Mississippi.  He was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta in Indianola, Mississippi by two lifelong educators and community leaders John and Annie Richardson.  He holds a bachelors degree in Political Science from Tougaloo College and a Juris Doctorate degree from Mississippi College School of Law both in Jackson, MS. As Richardson’s track record attests, he has always believed in the administration of justice, seeking strict punishments for those who violate the law.  Richardson’s office continuously supports the rights of Victims in the Fourth District and the entire State of Mississippi. Dewayne Richardson joined the District Attorney’s office in 2003 as an Assistant District Attorney for the Fourth District. Dewayne immediately jumped into the prosecution of crimes ranging from drug offenses to capital murder.  In 2005 Richardson began and has represented law enforcement agencies in the seizing and collection of property and currency that were the products of illegal drug trafficking.

Since joining the office he has prosecuted thousands of cases including trying many of those to verdict.  Of the thousands prosecuted, Dewayne has been responsible for prosecuting hundreds of homicide cases including crimes of manslaughter, murder, and capital murder.  A couple of the more memorable cases include State vs. King Young Brown, Jr. and State vs. Benjamin Roberson.  The Brown case was one where the then 15 year-old Brown was convicted of attempting to rape and in the process killing his 6 year-old victim to whom was also his neighbor.  The victim’s body was found days after her family reported her missing wrapped in trash bags in Brown’s family garbage can.  Brown is serving a 50-year sentence.  The Roberson trial stemmed from the report of a 15 year-old girl of her violent rape by a veteran of the local police department.  In that trial the details were brought to light how Roberson detained the victim for truancy violations but instead of booking her into jail violently raped her on the hood of his patrol unit in the freezing rain.  Roberson received the maximum sentence upon his conviction.

In 2007, at 30 years of age, Richardson became the District Attorney elect for the Fourth Circuit Court District.  He was one of the youngest district attorneys ever in the State of Mississippi.  Dewayne is one of twenty-two District Attorneys in Mississippi and his district includes Washington, Sunflower and LeFlore counties.  Along with the help of a stellar prosecution team and support staff the Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney’s Office has constantly fought for and carried the torch for victims and their rights in the Mississippi Delta.

He is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Magnolia Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, Washington and Sunflower County Bar Associations.  Dewayne was a member of the Attorney General’s Crime Lab Task Force Board and he formerly served as President for 2012-2013 for the Mississippi Prosecutors Association.  Dewayne was the first black president for the Mississippi Prosecutors Association which is an organization that advocates and lobbies on behalf of all city, county, and state prosecutors in Mississippi.  He has been a member of the board of directors for the Mississippi Prosecutors Association since 2007.  Dewayne is also a member of the Raspberry Men’s Club and the 100 Black Men of the Mississippi Delta where he currently serves as Vice-President.

Dewayne is a lifelong member of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church in Indianola, Mississippi.  He is married to Dr. Lakeisha Richardson and together they have three beautiful children: one son Damion, and two daughters Alexis and Kennedy.

Breaking News

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Murderer Gets Life plus 90 years Prison Sentence; Co-defendants sentenced to 60 years

Greenwood, MS- Leflore County residents Armond Jones, Sedrick Buchanan, and James McClung were sentenced today at the Leflore County Justice Center, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. Armond Jones, Michael Holland, Sedrick Buchanan, and James McClung were each indicted [&hellip... read more

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Four Greenwood Men found guilty of August 2015 Shootings

Greenwood, MS – In Leflore County Circuit Court, a jury found Armand Jones, Michael Holland, Sedric Buchanan, and James McClung, guilty for their roles in the shooting that occurred on August 15, 2015 off of Highway 82 near Itta Bena, […]... read more

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Greenville Murderer Gets 30 Year Sentence

Greenville, MS- Washington County resident Wadarren Lawrence pled guilty to Second Degree Murder in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. Richardson said, “Wadarren Lawrence was set for trial on this week of court, but instead […]... read more

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Nacardis Williams pleads guilty to April 2015 Homicide

Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Nacardis Williams, 33 yoa, pled guilty to killing Nicholas Smith, 20 yoa, on April 25, 2015, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. On April 25, 2015, Nicholas Smith was found shot and […]... read more

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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.