DA to Decide If Sen. Chris Massey Will Face Criminal Charges Over Fight With Shovel

By MississippI PEP Staff | October 10th, 2016 at 3:29 pm

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Filed Under: Chris Massey, Desoto County, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Legislature, News, Olive Branch, Public Safety

A grand jury could decide whether to indict a Mississippi lawmaker and others in a shovel-swinging brawl in a DeSoto County subdivision.

A summer fracas involving Mississippi state Sen. Chris Massey will go to a prosecutor to decide if criminal charges are warranted. During a hearing last week in Olive Branch Municipal Court, attorneys agreed to let District Attorney John Champion decide if felony charges will be considered by a grand jury in the case that grew out of a July dispute gone bad between Massey and family members on one side, and lawn service workers on the other.

“I think out of an abundance of caution, and the public perception, everyone just wanted to make sure it’s handled properly,” said attorney Steve Farese, representing Massey.

John Keith Perry, the attorney representing Anthony Smith, said he and his client agreed it was best to let Champion consider the case.

“We feel confident about our case, and we’re sure John Champion will do his job,” Perry said.