March Grand Jury Convenes

A grand jury was seated Monday in Meridian. District attorney Bilbo Mitchell said the 18-member panel would hear an estimated 300 cases from local law enforcement agencies, before inspecting county buildings and facilities.

"And hopefully, they'll finish in a week. It's always my goal for a grand jury to be thorough," said Mitchell, "but also to try to get them out of here within one week so they don't have to come back."

The grand jury considers evidence in criminal cases. If it finds sufficient evidence, it issues indictments. From there, prosecution may proceed in circuit court.