BROWN RECEIVES 20 YEAR SENTENCE FOR MANSLAUGHTER
Bryan Brown, 32, pled guilty Thursday morning in Washington County Circuit Court to the 2016 shooting death of 26 year-old Kendall Lee, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. With the case set for trial before Judge Richard Smith this […] read more
DOUBLE QUICK ARMED ROBBER SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS
Greenville, MS—Keion Diggins pled guilty Monday afternoon in Washington County Circuit Court to three (3) charges of Armed Robbery, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. With all three cases set for trial before Judge Carol White-Richard this week, Diggins […] read more
CLEVELAND SENTENCED ON MURDER AND TRAFFICKING NARCOTICS OFFENSES
Greenville, MS- Judge Carol White-Richard sentenced Merrick Cleveland to twenty-five years in prison on the charges of second degree murder and trafficking marijuana on January 14, 2019 in the Circuit Court of Washington County. Cleveland entered a guilty plea to […] read more
CONVICTED FELON SENTENCED ON DRUG AND FIREARMS CHARGES
Greenville, MS—Tony Phillips pled guilty Monday afternoon in the Circuit Court of Washington County to the two (2) separate charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and Possession of Methamphetamine with Intent, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson […] read more
Habitual Burglar Sentenced To Maximum Penalty
Greenville, MS—Kenneth Johnson pled guilty Monday afternoon in Washington County Circuit Court to two indictments charging Business Burglary, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today. With both indictments pending on the Court’s docket and one scheduled for trial Monday, Johnson [ read more
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
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
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
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
Clifton Dean Sentenced to 25 YEARS after Jury Trial and Conviction
Greenville, MS—On Monday, August 13th, Senior Circuit Judge Ashley Hines sentenced Clifton Dean to the maximum punishment allowed for his role in the killing of Frederick Williams on March 30, 2012. Dean was convicted by a Washington County Jury at […] 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.
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.
P.O. Box 426
Greenville MS 38702
P.O. Box 1046
Indianola, MS 38751
P.O. Box 253
Greenwood, MS 38935
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.
Disclaimer of Liability
The information contained in this web site is provided for general informational purposes only and is not to be relied upon as legal advice. With respect to any information found on this web site, neither the Office of the District Attorney, 4th District, nor any of its employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranties of merchantability and aptness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the inaccuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information conveyed. Nothing contained in the Web site is intended to constitute a promise, expressed or implied, by the Office of the District Attorney, 4th District to engage in any undertaking. The Washington County District Attorney's Office is not responsible for the contents of any off-site pages referenced. These links are provided as an information service only.
To the extent that pending criminal matters are discussed in this website, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The materials on this Web site are copyrighted. Copying, reproduction, or distribution of any part of this Web site is prohibited without the prior written consent of the Office of the District Attorney, 4th District. However, downloading and printing of materials from this web site is allowed for the personal use of visitors to the web site. In fact, such use is encouraged.
User agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless, the Office of the District Attorney, 4th District web site, its contributors, any entity jointly created by them, their respective affiliates and their respective directors, officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims and expenses, including attorney's fees, arising out of the use of the on-line service by user in reference to any claim however caused and on any theory of liability, whether in contract, strict liability, or tort (including negligence).