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Hinds Co. DA charged, reports to Rankin County Sheriff

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith has been charged with stalking, robbery and domestic violence.

Smith reported to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday. He was released on bond.

 

Attorney General Jim Hood that the Rankin County Grand Jury indicted  Smith on two felony and two misdemeanor charges.

The two misdemeanor counts were for simple domestic violence and the two felony counts were of  aggravated stalking and robbery. They were filed as separate indictments

Christie Edwards, who is noted in the indictment as having a former relationship with Smith, reported the alleged assault to the FBI, who then turned the case over to the Attorney General’s Office for prosecution.

The indictment, which was filed May 25, states Edwards claimed Smith put her in fear of harm by pointing a firearm at her and making threatening comments. She also claimed he threw her against a counter. These crimes were reported to our office after news coverage began on the Hinds County cases. The victim has previously reported the crimes to the FBI.

Smith turned himself in to the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday and was released on his own recognizance with a signature bond. Smith waived arraignment, and a trial date has been set for October 23.

The case is being investigated by Lee McDivitt and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Robert Anderson.

Click HERE to read the indictments against Smith.

This is not Shuler’s first time dealing with controversy. Last year, he stood trial on charges of misconduct and illegally counseling a convict, however, that trial ended in a mistrial.

RELATED: Trial continues for Hinds County DA

 

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