Mississippi rep charged with punching wife could be removed

Rep. Doug McLeod (Source: State of Mississippi/House of Representatives)

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi House speaker has lawyers researching how to remove a lawmaker, if it's true that the man punched his own wife and does not resign voluntarily.

Second-term Republican Rep. Doug McLeod of Lucedale was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after deputies were called to his home late Saturday.

George County sheriff's deputies say McLeod was drunk and had bloodied his wife's nose after she didn't undress quickly enough when he wanted to have sex.

Republican Speaker Philip Gunn said Friday that the House Ethics Committee will "closely monitor this case," and he has asked legislative attorneys to research removal if a representative doesn't resign even when "allegations prove to be true."

McLeod has not responded to numerous messages from The Associated Press or other news outlets.