JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Embattled Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd will be back in court Monday at 1pm, and you can watch the hearing live on WLOX.com. A judge is expected to decide if the sheriff's bond should be revoked.
Sheriff Byrd was arrested back in August, charged in a 31 count indictment. He faces 29 felony counts and two misdemeanors on charges ranging from fraud to embezzlement to extortion to perjury.
District Attorney Tony Lawrence wants to revoke Byrd's bond and possibly send him to jail based on reports that the sheriff intimidated witnesses. Last month, Byrd appeared before Judge William Coleman for a bond revocation hearing. But the judge never issued a ruling. Instead, the judge postponed a decision until today, giving the district attorney time to amend his motion and file it again.
At the time of his arrest, the sheriff posted a $31,000 bond and was released.
The DA insists Byrd contacted witnesses, while defense attorney Joe Sam Owen contends that he was just getting information to bolster his defense.
The judge will once again be asked to decide if Byrd violated the conditions of his bond. The district attorney has asked that the sheriff be held in contempt for his alleged violations.
Joe Sam Owen told WLOX News he just filed a new motion on behalf of the sheriff. But because that motion was sealed, he couldn't comment on it.
Byrd is expected in court at one o'clock today. Judge Coleman could once again choose to do nothing or he could increase Byrd's bond or possibly send the sheriff to jail.