UPDATE: Judge rules Sheriff Byrd will remain free on bond

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Embattled Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd will remain free on bond. At a hearing Monday afternoon, a judge ruled Byrd had not violated the terms of his bond.

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 wanted 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 decided Monday that Byrd did not violate the conditions of his bond.

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