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Jackson Co. sheriff indicted on 31 counts

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A south Mississippi sheriff has been indicted on 31 charges ranging from fraud and embezzlement to perjury, extortion and witness tampering.

The indictment against longtime Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd was dated Thursday

One of the charges said Byrd forced a detective to sign a criminal affidavit against a man in a murder investigation in 2007 when the detective did not believe the man committed the crime. The indictment said Byrd was running for re-election at the time and wanted to be able to say there were no unsolved murders in the county.

Byrd's lawyer did not immediately respond to a message.

Byrd is a Republican in his fourth term of the coastal Mississippi county.
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