Assistant District Attorneys


M. Austin Frye

Assistant District Attorney |
A native of Madison, Mississippi, Austin Frye attended Mississippi State University for his undergraduate degree, achieving his Bachelor of Arts in History in 2009. Mr. Frye attended law school at the University of Mississippi, earning his Juris Doctor in 2012. Mr. Frye spent 6 years in private practice before accepting a position as an Assistant District Attorney for the 4th Circuit District in 2018. Mr. Frye is proud to represent the interests of justice in the place he calls home: the Mississippi Delta.


John L. Herzog, Jr.

Assistant District Attorney |
John L. Herzog Jr. is an Assistant District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District who works primarily out of the Greenville Office. He graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History. John graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he earned a criminal law certificate with an honors distinction. He is licensed to practice law in Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia and is active in the Mississippi Prosecutors Association, where he has served as a member of the Board of Directors for several years.

Kaylon McCou, ADA

Kaylon A. McCou

Assistant District Attorney |
Kaylon A. McCou serves as an Assistant District Attorney for the Fourth Judicial District stationed in the Washington County office. Born in Houston, Texas, McCou considers himself a Mississippian—having been raised and educated in Jackson, MS. A proud product of Jackson Public Schools, McCou went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Jackson State University and Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law with Honors. During his matriculation at MC Law, McCou had the opportunity and privilege of serving as an Intern for the Public Integrity Division of the Mississippi Attorney General’s Office and, later, the Mississippi Supreme Court in the Chambers of the Honorable Justice Jim Kitchens. McCou is an active member of the Magnolia Bar, National Bar, and Mississippi Prosecutors Associations.


Takiyah H. Perkins

Assistant District Attorney |
Assistant District Attorney Takiyah H. Perkins is a native of the Mississippi Delta.  She was born, raised, and educated in Greenwood Leflore County School District.  She matriculated to the historic Tougaloo College where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science.  ADA Perkins proceeded to further her educational desires by attending University of Mississippi School of Law where she earned her Juris Doctorate.

While serving at the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Judicial District under the leadership of District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson, ADA Perkins has tried numerous felony cases in Leflore, Sunflower, and Washington Counties.  These felony cases range from drug crimes to capital murders.  Since stationed at the Washington County Office, ADA Perkins has remained dedicated to the community and maintaining justice. She has proven herself to be an aggressive prosecutor who holds defendants accountable for their actions, all while ensuring that their rights are protected and that the victims and families of victims receive justice. During her career as a trial attorney, ADA Perkins has practiced with dignity, integrity, and reverence for the Court.  ADA Perkins is a member of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association where she has served on the board of directors and she currently serves as the Fourth Circuit Court Drug Court liaison in the Washington County office.


Amanda Sturniolo Langford

Assistant District Attorney |

Amanda Sturniolo Langford grew up in Greenwood, Mississippi, and graduated from Pillow Academy in 2008.  She played soccer at Mississippi College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 2012.  Amanda went on to earn her Masters in Business Administration and her Juris Doctorate, from Mississippi College School of Law, both in 2015.  During her time at MC Law, Amanda competed in numerous trial competitions, received the Dean Rosenblatt Leadership Award, and interned at the Mississippi Secretary of State’s Office, the Hinds County Public Defender’s Office, the Mississippi Supreme Court for the Honorable Ann H. Lamar, and the District Attorney’s Office for the 17th Circuit Court District where she was sworn into limited practice.

Amanda was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in 2015 and worked as Law Clerk for the Honorable Lee J. Howard, the Honorable James T. Kitchens, and the Honorable Lee S. Coleman in the 16th Circuit Court District.  After clerking, Amanda joined the Winfield Law Firm, P.A. where she practiced criminal defense and insurance defense. Amanda joined the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth District Circuit Court of Mississippi in 2018 and will primarily work out of the Leflore County Office in Greenwood, Mississippi.  She currently resides in Greenwood with her miniature schnauzer, Docket.

Stanley Alexander

Assistant District Attorney |

Stanley (Stan) Alexander is an Assistant District Attorney serving primarily in Leflore County.  He graduated from Mississippi College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science with a minor in Criminal Justice.  While at Mississippi College he lettered in Varsity Football.  Stan went on to graduate from the University of Mississippi School of Law.  He has been admitted to practice in all State and Federal courts within the State of Mississippi.  He is a member of Omega Psi Phi, Incorporated, the Mississippi Bar Association, the National District Attorneys Association, and the Mississippi Prosecutors Association.  Stan serves as a board member of the Board of Directors for the Mississippi Prosecutors Association and as the Secretary for the Prosecutors Section of the Mississippi Bar. 

Stan has been blessed and honored to serve as a prosecutor for over two decades seeking justice for the victims of crimes.  During his career, he has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General, Assistant Attorney General, and Director of the Division of Public Integrity for the Attorney General’s Office of the State of Mississippi.  He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 7th and 6th Judicial Districts of Mississippi.   

Breaking News



Greenwood, MS – Jadarius Harris, 23 yoa, of Itta Bena was convicted of Second-Degree Murder in Leflore County Circuit Court following his guilty plea on Monday, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. On July 11, 2020, deputies of the Leflore […]... read more


Chillious Receives a 40 Year Sentence for Sex Crimes Against a Child

Greenville, MS – This week in Circuit Court, Brian Chillious, 45 yoa, pled guilty to a total of forty years with the Mississippi Department of Correction for a series of child sex crimes that took place in Washington County.  Chillious […]... read more


Ellison Lafayette Pleads Guilty to Manslaughter

Greenville, MS – With a jury pool drawn from across Washington County and ready to hear his case, Ellison Lafayette, 32 yoa, chose to plead guilty to causing the death of William Taylor, 51 yoa. Circuit Judge Richard Smith accepted […]... read more



Greenville, MS – Berdell Willis, III, 22 yoa, of Greenville, was sentenced following his May 2022 guilty plea to the charge of Second Degree Murder in the November 2017 murder of Darrell Lafayette, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.  Two […]... 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.


Greenville Office
P.O. Box 426
Greenville MS 38702
[P] 662.378.2105
[F] 662.332.4665

Indianola Office
P.O. Box 1046
Indianola, MS 38751
[P] 662.887.4306
[F] 662.887.6275

Greenwood Office
P.O. Box 253
Greenwood, MS 38935
[P] 662.453.1089
[F] 662.451.7291

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.


• City of Greenville

• City of Hollandale

• City of Leland
• City of Metcalfe

• Washington County

• City of Indianola
• City of Ruleville
• City of Drew

• City of Moorhead

• City of Inverness

• City of Sunflower

• Sunflower County

• City of Itta Bena

• City of Greenwood

• Leflore County