Breaking News

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May
20th
May

SEX OFFENDER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS

Greenville, MS—James Williams, Jr. of Greenville entered a guilty plea to the crime of Sexual Battery in May, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Williams pled guilty on the eve of his trial set to begin the week of May […] read more

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May
2nd
May

McClinton Sentenced in Hopewell Church Arson

Greenville, MS – On May 2, 2019, Washington County Circuit Judge Margaret Carey-McCray sentenced Andrew McClinton, 47 years of age, for the arson that destroyed the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. McClinton was sentenced to twenty (20) years with the Mississippi […] read more

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April
30th
Apr

DWAYNE DABNEY SENTENCED IN KILLING OF EARNESTIA “NE NE” HUNTER IN INDIANOLA, MS

Indianola, MS- At the Leflore County Courthouse on April 30, 2019, Judge Richard Smith sentenced Dwayne Dabney in the Sunflower County Circuit Court case that stemmed from the November 13, 2016 shooting death of 15 year-old Earnestia “Ne Ne” Hunter, […] read more

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April
5th
Apr

Two Plead Guilty in Leflore County Murder and Armed Robbery

Greenwood, MS – On April 1, 2019, both Quandarius Williams and Renae Marie Canada pled guilty to the June 7, 2017 shooting death and armed robbery of Desmond Baker. After three local men found Baker on a Leflore County road […] read more

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March
29th
Mar

McClinton Pleads Guilty to Hopewell Church Arson

Greenville, MS – On March 28, 2019, Washington County Circuit Judge Margaret Carey-McCray accepted the guilty plea of Andrew McClinton, 47 years of age, for the arson that destroyed the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. McClinton will be sentenced during the […] read more

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February
21st
Feb

Charles “Peanut” Young pleads guilty to April 2017 killing

Greenville, MS- Charles “Peanut” Young, 25, pled guilty today to the April 11, 2017 shooting death of 46 year-old Fredrick Bryant, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. With multiple charges pending in Washington County Circuit Court, Young entered pleas […] read more

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February
14th
Feb

Jury Finds Pulliam Guilty of Manslaughter

Greenville, MS- After three hours of deliberations, a Washington County Jury found Greenville resident, Quavares Pulliam, 25 yoa, guilty of Manslaughter for the October 20, 2016 killing of Dwight Thedford, 31 yoa, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. During […] read more

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February
5th
Feb

BRIAN NELSON PLEADS GUILTY TO DEMARKUS TYLER KILLING IN DREW, MS

Bryan Nelson, 28, pled guilty Monday in Sunflower County Circuit Court to the November 21, 2015 shooting death of 25 year-old Demarcus Tyler, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today.  With the case set for trial before Judge Richard Smith […] read more

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January
29th
Jan

Dantrell Berry Pleads Guilty to 2nd Degree Murder

Greenwood, MS- On January 29, 2019, Leflore Count Judge Margaret Carey-McCray accepted Dantrell Berry’s plea of guilty to the lesser included charge of Second Degree Murder. Berry was originally indicted on April 12, 2016, for the charge of Capital Murder. […] read more

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January
24th
Jan

SANDERS SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS FOR RECEIVING STOLEN PROPERTY

Eugene Sanders entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Receiving Stolen Property on Monday morning in the Circuit Court of Washington County, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today.  Sanders plea came on the eve of trial, which […] 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.