Mississippi Sheriff Charged In Basketball Coach’s Murder

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Julian Pickett, a fellow coach and longtime friend of Griffin, said the coach did complain vocally about Adams’ officiating during the game. He also said that Adams had officiated previous games in ways that Pickett and Griffin found unfair.

Pickett, though, said the team, the Kingdom Warriors, came from behind to win Sunday’s game. Then he and Griffin watched another game that Adams officiated without saying anything. Vance said surveillance video shows Griffin was walking out of the Mississippi Basketball & Athletics facility when Adams came out behind them with the second deputy.

Pickett said Adams grabbed Griffin and when he pulled free, the security guard reached for an electronic stun gun. Pickett said he tried to intervene, but Adams pursued Griffin.

“Justin swings; he swings; he hit him,” Pickett said of Adams. “Justin went down and he just stood there.”

Pickett said he took video of part of the assault on his mobile phone, one of the videos that police have reviewed. Dwayne Pickett, Justin Pickett’s father, said family and friends had to pursue police Sunday and Monday to press charges.

Mississippi Basketball & Athletics facility in north Jackson is run by the nonprofit Mississippi Basketball and Athletics Foundation. The facility offers camps, clinics and training in basketball, volleyball and physical fitness.

No one was present at the gym Tuesday morning, and a telephone call was answered by a recording that said the voice mailbox was full.

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