Victim Assistance Coordinators

Markeda Brown, VAC

Markeda Brown

Victim’s Assistance Coordinator |
Markeda Brown is a native of Greenville, Mississippi, and serves as a Victim Assistance Coordinator in the Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney’s Office in Washington County.  She attended Alcorn State University (Lorman, MS) and Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS), where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree.  Licensed to practice Social Work in Mississippi, Markeda has over fifteen years of experience working with socio-economically disadvantaged families and opportunity youth.  She also has several years of Disaster Case Management experience.

Markeda is an active member of her church where she serves as Director of Youth Department, as an usher, and with the missionary society.

Lisa Henry, VAC

Lisa Henry

Victim’s Assistance Coordinator |

Lisa Cochran Henry is a native of Greenwood, Mississippi, and is employed by the Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney’s Office in Leflore County as a Victim Assistance Coordinator.  She is a 2008 graduate of Mississippi Valley State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

Lisa started serving Leflore County in 1992 as Deputy Circuit Clerk and has 22 years of experience working in the Circuit Court system.  Having been a victim of a violent crime herself, Lisa prides herself in being the best advocate to her victims by giving them all of her support.  She offers them emotional support by helping them find resources, attending court with them, and by assisting them throughout the entire court process.

Lisa is an active member of Providence Missionary Baptist Church where she is a member of the adult choir and the Pastor’s Aide Committee.


Carla Jones

Victim’s Assistance Coordinator |
Carla Nicole Jones serves as the Violence Against Women’s Act Victim’s Assistance Coordinator for the Fourth Circuit Court District. She has a total of 5 years of victims’ advocacy experience. Carla earned her Bachelor of Social Work Degree from Delta State University in 2012 and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree at Mississippi Valley State University. Her past experience is working with a diverse vulnerable population. Carla understands the importance of ensuring that the rights of victims are protected and that they are aware of the judicial process.


Tamika Crawford

Victim’s Assistance Coordinator |
Tamika Crawford is a lifelong resident of Sunflower County.  Tamika formerly worked as a deputy clerk both for the Indianola Police Department and the City of Indianola.  She is a very active member of her community and the Church community.  She is a proud mother of three girls.  The eldest is a graduate of the Mississippi University for Women.  Her middle child is a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University and the youngest is a student at Lockard Elementary School.

Tijwana Shaw, VAC (3)
Tijwana Shaw

Victim’s Assistance Coordinator |

Tijwana Williams-Shaw is a native of Greenwood, Leflore County, Mississippi and works as the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator for the Leflore County Office of the Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney’s office. Tijwana graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi Valley State University with a Bachelor of Social Work degree and later earned a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 2010. Prior to being employed at the Office of the District Attorney, Tijwana was employed with Corrections Corporation of America where she worked as a Drug and Alcohol Counselor.

She has attended various training programs at the Mississippi School for Addiction Professionals, successfully completed 96 hours of Residential Drug and Alcohol Prevention training, and has attended yearly victim and witness assistance trainings offered through the Mississippi Prosecutors Association in an effort to stay abreast of the current laws and the offerings afforded to victims of felony offenses within the Fourth Circuit Court District. Tijwana works with the District Attorney as well as the Assistant District Attorneys throughout the entire criminal justice process to make certain that victims are notified about the activity of the case and that they understand the process. Tijwana prides herself on assisting each and every victim to ensure that their voices are heard as we assist them in navigating through the judicial system.


Tina White

Victim’s Assistance Coordinator |

Tina White is native of Bolivar County. Ms. White received her Associates Degree of Arts from Mississippi Delta Community College in 2006. In her quest for knowledge, she continued and completed her studies in 2010 at Delta State University. She holds a degree in Social Work. Previously, Ms. White worked with the Mississippi Department of Human Services/Child Protection Services where she advocated on behalf of children and families.

Tina brings a wealth of knowledge to the District Attorney’s Office. She currently works as the Victim’s Assistance Coordinator where she serves as an advocate for victims throughout the criminal justice process. Tina maintains strong working relationships with public and private agencies that may be able to offer emotional, financial, and other practical needs to ensure that victims of felony offenses receive the support needed as they progress through the criminal justice system.

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