May trial date set for Jackson County deputy's assault case

mbbaker@sunherald.comApril 10, 2013 

Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd

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PASCAGOULA -- A May 6 trial date has been set for Jackson County sheriff's Sgt. Jackie Trussell on a misdemeanor charge of simple assault.

Trussell was commander of the now-defunct Narcotics Task Force of Jackson County when he was accused in a July 31 assault of another task force agent.

Judges Robert Krebs, Kathy King Jackson and Dale Harkey recused themselves from presiding over the case because Trussell had testified before them.

State Senior Status Judge Samac S. Richardson was appointed to preside over the trial.

Trussell is free on a $1,000 signature bond.

Sheriff Mike Byrd did not disclose information about the shooting when it occurred. After the shooting came to light, Byrd called it accidental.

Byrd later denied a request from the Sun Herald for a copy of incident reports about the shooting. The Sun Herald obtained the documents independently.

According to the reports, Trussell shot a round at the floor at the feet of Agent Chad Powell, who had "poked" at him with a needle at the task force's office. Powell was wounded by concrete fragments.

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