Witness in case against Hinds DA moved to different jails

Christopher Butler

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – An inmate who is a witness in a criminal case against a Mississippi district attorney has been moved to jails in different counties.

The Clarion-Ledger reports that Christopher Butler started in the Hinds County jail, then was moved to Rankin County, then to Yazoo County.

Butler says in a letter to the newspaper that he never asked to be transferred. He is to be a witness against Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith.

Smith was indicted Sept. 7 on two felony counts of conspiring to prevent the prosecution of Butler on drug charges, and one misdemeanor count of illegally advising Butler. Smith has pleaded not guilty.

The attorney general’s office went to a Hinds County grand jury to get the indictments against Smith.


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