DA Trying To Revoke Sheriff’s Bond

DA Trying To Revoke Sheriff’s Bond

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. -

A judge is hearing testimony as to whether or not Sheriff Mike Byrd should have his bond revoked.  There have been three witnesses this morning.  All of them are Jackson County Deputies.  Deputy Brad Lewis testified that Byrd called him on September 4th 2013 asking about details concerning surveillance at a Mexican Restaurant.  The indictment claimed Byrd ordered surveillance on the restaurant because they refused a personal check from him.  Lewis testified that the sheriff sounded as though he was reading from a legal document as he asked about the incident.  Lewis says Byrd did not mention the part of about the refused check and Lewis says he didn’t correct the sheriff because “you never want to pick a fight with your supervisor."

Deputy Curtis Spears testified Byrd also called him September 4th asking about the Mexican restaurant investigation.  Spears says Byrd said he was investigating Lewis for possible fraud in the case.  The defense sought to show that Byrd ordered the surveillance because he received a tip illegal immigrants worked there. 

Defense lawyers say Byrd is contacting witnesses to aid in his own defense.  They say he is merely looking for facts and that is constitutionally protected.  Judge William Coleman advised the sheriff not to contact witnesses except for Jackson County Sheriff's Office business.  The judge added added ominously "some constitutional rights can be waived."  

You can read the original indictment against Byrd here

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