W. Dewayne Richardson | District Attorney
District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson represents the Fourth Circuit Court District of Mississippi. He was born and raised in the Mississippi Delta in Indianola, Mississippi by two lifelong educators and community leaders John and Annie Rose Richardson.
Dewayne holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Tougaloo College and a Juris Doctorate from Mississippi College School of Law both in Jackson, MS. As Richardson’s track record attests, he has always believed in the administration of justice, seeking strict punishment and accountability for those who violate the law. Richardson’s office continuously supports the rights of victims in the Fourth District and the entire State of Mississippi.
Dewayne Richardson joined the District Attorney’s office in 2003 as an Assistant District Attorney for the Fourth District. Dewayne immediately jumped into the prosecution of crimes ranging from drug offenses to capital murder. In 2005, Richardson began and has represented law enforcement agencies in the seizing and collection of property and currency that were the products of illegal drug trafficking and other criminal activity.
In 2007, at 30 years of age, Richardson became the District Attorney-elect for the Fourth Circuit Court District. He became the second youngest District Attorney ever in the State of Mississippi. Dewayne is one of twenty-three District Attorneys in Mississippi and his district includes Washington, Sunflower and Leflore counties. Along with the help of a stellar prosecution team and support staff, the Fourth Circuit Court District Attorney’s Office has constantly fought for and carried the torch for victims and their rights in the Mississippi Delta.
Richardson is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, Magnolia Bar Association, American Bar Association, National Bar Association, National District Attorney’s Association, as well as both the Washington and Sunflower County Bar Associations.
Dewayne formerly served as President for 2012-2013 of the Mississippi Prosecutors Association. He is the first black president for the Mississippi Prosecutors Association which is an organization that advocates and lobbies on behalf of all city, county, and state prosecutors in Mississippi. He has been a member of the board of directors for the Mississippi Prosecutors Association since 2007.
Since 2019, Richardson has represented the State of Mississippi as board member to the National District Attorney’s Association which serves to promote accountability and the fair and equitable administration of justice across this nation. Dewayne is also member of the 100 Black Men of the Mississippi Delta where he serves as the scholarship chair and he is President of the Greenville, MS Alumni chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.
Dewayne is a lifelong member of St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church in Indianola, Mississippi. He is married to Dr. Lakeisha Richardson and together they have three beautiful children: one son Damion, and two daughters Alexis and Kennedy.
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