Mississippi Deputy Charged in Coach's Death

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.

Police say a Mississippi sheriff's deputy working as a recreation league basketball referee has been arrested in the death of a team's coach.

Jackson police say 37-year-old Joshua Adams is charged with murder. He is accused of punching 25-year-old Justin Griffin in a fight over play calls during a game.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart says Griffin died Monday from blunt-force trauma to the head.

Assistant Chief Lee Vance says the apparent altercation started over calls during a game Sunday.

Police say that the dispute continued off the court and into the parking lot. As it escalated, police say a second deputy in uniform, working security, got involved as well.

The sheriff's department says Adams has been suspended pending an internal investigation.

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