Mississippi briefs

July 7, 2014 

Hinds deputy indicted in death of coach

JACKSON -- A Hinds County deputy has been indicted on a manslaughter charge in the death of a youth basketball coach.

Joshua Adams originally was charged with murder when Justin Griffin died after the two men fought May 4 at a gymnasium in northeast Jackson. Griffin died May 5.

District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith says Monday that a grand jury indicted Adams for the lesser charge of manslaughter.

Griffin was coaching a youth team and Adams was a referee. Police said a fight started amid a dispute about officiating in the game at the Mississippi Basketball and Athletics gym.

Adams' attorney Gerald Mumford has said the deputy, who was off-duty at the time, was acting in self-defense.

-- Associated Press

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