Mayor Mario King and his wife, Natasha King, each face a misdemeanor domestic violence charge after an incident Oct. 19, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said in a press release.
Natasha King came to the sheriff’s office Oct. 20, a Friday, to report a domestic disturbance at their home the previous night, Ezell said.
Detectives spoke with both and filed a report. After an investigation Oct. 23, a Monday, detectives filed affidavits for simple assault domestic violence on both Mario and Natasha King.
The affidavit obtained by the Sun Herald shows Natasha King told investigators she had an argument with her husband after he got home just after 1 a.m.
She said Mario King “punched her in the arm,” and said, “I can’t (expletive) stand you,” the affidavit says. She said her husband packed a bag of clothing and walked to the room of his “live-in assistant,” Setonia Cook and told her to “wake up.” Cook is the mayor’s secretary at the City of Moss Point and also lives with the Kings.
Natasha King, in the affidavit, said her husband and Cook left in Mario King’s BMW and his city work vehicle.
The affidavit says sheriff’s investigators went to City Hall on Monday to speak with the mayor.
Mario King told investigators his wife tried to knock his cellphone out of his hand after he received a phone call at 1:40 a.m. He said she scratched him, and investigators took photos of marks on both upper arms and a mark above his right hip bone and the right side of his head.
Cook was also interviewed. She told investigators that she did not hear anything and that Mario King woke her up and asked him to drop his BMW off down the road. Cook said she had not seen any priors signs of domestic “abuse.”
Mario King denied the incident in an interview with WXXV-TV on Wednesday. “There’s no domestic problems going on with my wife at all,” he said. “My wife has not been beat.”
The couple is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 11.
The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is handling the case because King is the commissioner of the Moss Point Police Department as the city’s mayor.
King is attending a conference in Oxford this week with other Coast mayors.