Tammie D. Hudson

Investigator |
Tammie D. Hudson is a native of Hollandale, MS where she attended and graduated from Simmons High School.  Upon graduation, she attended Mississippi Valley State University where she earned her B.S. degree in Sociology.  She is also a 1998 graduate of Mississippi Law Enforcement Officer Training Academy in Pearl, MS.  Tammie has over 27 years of law enforcement eperience.  She has worked at the Leland and Greenville Police Departments as a Criminal Investigator.

Tammie D. Hudson serves as a criminal investigator within the District Attorney’s Office for the Fourth Circuit Court District of Mississippi.


Juan Overton, Inv.

Juan Overton

Investigator |
Juan Overton is a native of Chicago Illinois. He later moved to Mississippi with his family. Juan is a graduate of Norma C. O’Bannon High School. Upon graduation, he joined the United States Navy where he served for many years including serving in Greece, Italy, Israel, and France just to name a few. While serving in the United States Navy, he had the honor of being apart of Operation Restore Hope in Somalia.

Juan began a career in law enforcement in 1996 with the Town of Metcalfe, MS. Since he began his career in law enforcement, he’s worked for several agencies in Washington County to include Leland Police Department, Greenville Police Department, and Washington County Sheriff’s Department under the leadership of Sheriff Milton Gaston. Juan is a member of Christian Light MB Church and is a member of Elks Lodge #567.

He serves as a Criminal Investigator within the District Attorney’s Office.


James Payne

Investigator |
James A. Payne is a Criminal Investigator for the Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney’s Office in Greenwood, Leflore County, Mississippi. Investigator Payne was born and raised in the MS Delta and has an extensive history of law enforcement experience, as well as an in-depth knowledge of investigatory protocol and techniques. Payne began working in Law Enforcement in 1991 with the Greenwood Police Department until 2000. He then began working at Mississippi Valley State University and was employed as an officer with the MVSU Police Department from 2000-2001. Payne then went on to become a Deputy Sheriff for the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department in Greenwood, MS, where he served as a Deputy Sheriff from 2001-2006. Payne’s knowledge, his investigatory experience, as well as his ability to advise other law enforcement officers led him to the Fourth Circuit District Attorney’s Office in January 2006, where he continues to work as a Criminal Investigator in the Leflore County Office.


Lewis J. Slay

Investigator |
Lewis Slay has served as Criminal Investigator for the Fourth Circuit Court District since 2005.  Slay is an alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi where in 1974 he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science.  Lewis Slay went on to further his studies at the University of Southern Mississippi where he also received a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration in 1976.  Slay is a native of Hattiesburg, MS.  He has made the Mississippi Delta his home since 1977 when he moved here to join the United States Probation Service for the Northern District of Mississippi.

Lewis Slay retired from the U.S. Probation Department in 2004 after holding the position of Staff Supervisor.  During his entire career, Lewis Slay has been dedicated to the advancement and training of future law enforcement professionals.  He has taught and continues to teach at various universities within the area.  Lewis Slay is married to Dinah Slay and together they have 4 daughters and three grandchildren.

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