Mississippi sheriff indicted on 31 charges

AP News
Posted: Aug 30, 2013 3:32 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi sheriff has been indicted on 31 charges ranging from fraud and embezzlement to perjury, extortion and witness tampering.

The indictment against longtime Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd was dated Thursday.

One of the charges accuses Byrd of forcing a detective to sign a criminal affidavit against a man in a murder investigation in 2007, even though the detective did not believe the man committed the crime. The indictment says Byrd was running for re-election at the time and wanted to be able to say there were no unsolved murders in the county.

Byrd's lawyer did not immediately respond to a message.

Byrd is a Republican in his fourth term in the county, which is in coastal Mississippi.