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The defense calls first witness in Hinds DA trial

JACKSON, Miss.- The state has rested it’s case against Hinds District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith. 

After nearly two weeks of testimony the defense will now prepare to call it’s first witness.

The state wrapped up their end of things with Robert “Too Sweet” Henderson who testified that he was given money to pay Smith to dismiss charges, according to local media.

Henderson was once pardoned by Gov. Haley Barbour, but is now facing bribery charges against former Hinds County Assistant DA Ivon Johnson.

Henderson alleged that he worked on Smith’s re-election campaign. However, Smith’s attorney Jim Waide says that Henderson is making it all up because he is being pressured by the Attorney General’s office because of the current charges he faces.

No evidence of the suspected payment has been made.

The defense has called Christopher Butler as their first witness. This is the criminal defendant that Smith is accused of trying to hinder the prosecution process of.

He is being held at the Hinds County Detention Center since his January 19 arrest. He was in solitary confinement for five and a half months.

Butler testified that evidence was given to him that his life was in danger. Then he stopped, consulted with his attorneys, then plead the Fifth Amendment.

This is a developing story, for more on the background visit:

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