Mississippi Sheriff Charged In Basketball Coach’s Murder

Originally posted on Black America Web:

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Family and friends of a youth basketball coach called for swift justice Tuesday against two Mississippi sheriff’s deputies accused of assaulting their son after a recreational league game and causing injuries that led to his death. Hinds County Sheriff’s Deputy Joshua Adams was charged with murder in Monday’s death of 25-year-old Justin Griffin.

Adams, 37, was refereeing a 7th-grade AAU state tournament game Griffin was coaching on Sunday. The two argued over play calls on the court and later Griffin was attacked in the parking lot outside, police said.

Griffin died from blunt-force trauma to the head from injuries in the fight, said Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart.

“We believe this was an unprovoked act of aggression as a result of our investigation,” Assistant Jackson Police Chief Lee Vance told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “That’s why we charged him with the murder.”

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