Trial date set for ex-jail nurse in George County inmate's death through negligence


GEORGE COUNTY -- A special judge has been appointed to preside over the trial of Carmon Sue Brannan, a former nurse at the George County jail accused in the death of a detainee at the George County jail.

Officials said the former registered nurse at the jail acted in a negligent manner and without malice by failing to provide "sufficient medical treatment" to William Joel Dixon between Sept. 17 and 24, 2014. According to the George County Sheriff's Office, Dixon was found dead in his cell Sept. 24, 2014.

Brannan is accused of causing his death, for which she is accused of manslaughter, while failing to provide him with appropriate medical attention, a misdemeanor offense. Dixon's cause of death was not released.

Lucedale police had arrested Dixon, of Lucedale, on two counts of child endangerment, felony possession of a controlled substance, DUI other, driving with an expired tag and without insurance.

Circuit Judges Dale Harkey, Kathy King Jackson and Robert Krebs recused themselves from hearing the case because Brannan's sister is George County Chancery Clerk Cammie Brannan Byrd.

State Supreme Court Justice William Waller appointed Special Judge Richard McKenzie to preside over Brannan's trial.

She is free on a $25,000 bond.

She is set to go to trial in George County on Oct. 10.

Her attorney, Calvin Taylor, could not be reached for comment.