Victim Assistance

VICTIM ASSISTANCE COORDINATORS:

Victim Assistance Coordinators have a special and important role within the criminal justice system. These individuals are specifically placed in the District Attorney’s Office to provide services to crime victims.  The duties of Victim Assistance Coordinators include but are not limited to:

  • Serving as an advocate for the victim throughout the criminal justice process.
  • Seeing that all the rights of crime victims are carried out.
  • Have special knowledge about services to help crime victims.
  • Have strong working relationships with public and private agencies which may assist victims with emotional, financial, child care and other practical needs.
  • Are usually trained in crisis intervention.

Victim Assistance Coordinators are an extremely helpful addition to the criminal justice process and crime victims. They have many different roles which vary depending on the nature of the case. Services that they provide include:

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Information on the Mississippi Crime Victims’ Bill of Rights
  • Information on the status and progress of your case
  • Information on the criminal justice system
  • Notification of court proceedings
  • Court escort (accompany the victim to court)
  • Provision of a safe waiting area in the courthouse
  • Referrals to victim service providers and social service agencies
  • Referrals to the Crime Victim Compensation Division and assistance with completing the compensation application

For information on Protection and Restraining Orders please click on the attached document below.

Informational Guide for Protective and Restraining Orders

Breaking News

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October
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Oct

Eddie Lee Brown, Jr. pleads Guilty to Killing Greenwood Fireman

Greenwood, MS – Detroit native Eddie Lee Brown, Jr. pled guilty to second degree murder of twenty-three (23) year old Tyree Jernigan a firefighter with the Greenwood Fire Department as well as possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. […]... read more

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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

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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

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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

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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.