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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