JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Opening statements are expected to begin Tuesday in the trial of the district attorney in Mississippi’s largest county.
Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith is accused of conspiring to hinder the drug dealing prosecution of Christopher Butler. A jury was selected Monday.
Smith has said he can prove a video that supposedly proved drugs were found at Butler’s house has been tampered with. The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics denies that claim.
Smith and Assistant District Attorney Jamie McBride were both accused of hindering prosecution, but the charges against McBride were dropped Monday. Smith was also indicted on a misdemeanor count for meeting with Butler in jail and advising his attorney, mirroring an earlier misdemeanor charge.
Any conviction would remove Smith as district attorney.