Former Jailer Convicted of Simple Assault

A former Lauderdale County jailer has been convicted of simple assault on an inmate.

29-year-old David McPherson was accused last summer of beating up an inmate at the county jail.

Richard Kinney, who was transferred to state custody, filed the complaint against McPherson.

"His employment was terminated after an internal investigation 3 days after this incident took place," said Chief Deputy Ward Calhoun. "And a probable cause hearing was held. The sheriff's department assisted the inmate in working through the criminal justice system as established under Mississippi law. And a probable cause hearing was held. He has been charged and now found guilty."

McPherson was convicted of simple assault, a misdemeanor charge, in county court. He was ordered to serve 10 days in jail. He's serving that time on weekends.


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  • by Ols School Mater Location: Texas on Feb 23, 2010 at 04:41 AM
    Ikno Ricky when we were younger in school and to see he has sunk down to this level is pathetic. Wonder what happen over the yrs. He was a handsome young man with what I thought was so much potential..Well anyway it's tragic I know it's 2 sides to every story so I want pass judgement jus hope this is a lesson 2 b learn from both parties...
  • by Justice Location: Hattiesburg on Feb 21, 2010 at 05:28 PM
    I don't know the inmate, but I have Known McPherson for years. In order for McPherson to react in this manner he had to have felt threaten. He would not do anything to hurt another human being unless he was protecting himself. However, as a professional a person is held to a higher standard and he should have acted accordingly. I am happy that the justice system has a system in place that allowed the inmate to have a proper grievance, but I am also happy to know that David's career and life style since the incident will not be affected too severely. I wish both parties well and just a reminder that WE have to be accountable for our ACTIONS.
  • by me on Feb 19, 2010 at 10:20 PM
    I don't think it is right that he gets to serve on weekends.... He should be like any body else. The average person doesn't get that choice... He probably has his own nice private sell also....
  • by Lisa on Feb 19, 2010 at 06:30 PM
    Knowing what I know about Ricky Kinney, I would like to shake this man's hand. If Kinney had his rear beat every day, it wouldn't even begin to give him what he deserves. I don't want to hear about someone's civil rights and all the bull that goes along with it. This is just my opinion and in my opinion child molesters shouldn't have any rights at all. They should be UNDER the jail.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 19, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    Just because you work at the jail doesn't give you the ok to beat up an inmate. Serving his time on weekends? Must be nice to be able to do it how it's convienant for you.
  • by Maggie Location: Meridian on Feb 19, 2010 at 06:45 AM
    He may have been convicted - but there are several other officers who are assaulting not only inmates - but womens and young girls as well. Just open your eye and ears - their names are out there like flys. Talk to the people in the project and they will tell you who one of is.
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